The other day Intel held a press conference in London, during which he talked about the products being developed. Among these is a cell of a modular system, which the processor giant briefly calls The Element. Externally, it repeats the expansion card with dual PCI Express slots and, according to foreign colleagues, recalls a component of the modular PC Razer Christine, presented at CES 2014.
In a dual-slot expansion card format, Intel has combined all the key components of a PC, including a processor, RAM, SSD and a series of external interfaces. On the back panel there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI video output, a combined 3.5mm audio jack, four USB 3.2 Type A ports and a pair of RJ-45 network connectors.
The device is based on the Intel Xeon processor, soldered directly to the device board. Two slots are available for DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM modules and two M.2 connectors for solid-state drives. An additional power source is provided through an 8-pin connector on the circuit board. Considering that it is possible to supply up to 75 watts through the PCI-E slot, The Element is designed for up to 225 watts.
The official presentation of modular systems based on The Element is scheduled for the first quarter of next year. Intel does not specify exactly where it will be possible to meet an unusual expansion card, but first in China it showed a NUC Quartz Canyon mini-computer, which used a similar module based on the Mobile Lake Coffee processor.