There’s a growing number of tiny PCs on the market, including models like the Intel Compute Stick that are small enough to close your fist around and larger, more powerful models including Intel NUC-sized computers with Celeron, Pentium, or Core series processors.
Now Intel is introducing a new platform for tiny PCs… and it has one feature that the Compute Stick and NUC lack: a socket that lets you choose your own CPU or upgrade to a new processor down the road.
Wondering how Intel came up with the name? Well, the board measures 5.5″ x 5.8″ inches… so that probably has something to do with it.
While the board is a bit bigger than an NUC motherboard (which measures about 4″ x 4″, it’s smaller than a Mini-ITX board, which measures about 6.7″ x 6.7″.
The 5×5 board supports LGA-based processors including Intel Celeron to Intel Core i7 series chips. The company says it can support processors with up to 65 watt TDP.
Other features include Ethernet and wireless networking, 2 SODIMM slots for memory and support for M.2 storage or 2.5 inch SATA drives. Like the Intel NUC, it’s likely that we’ll see 5×5 systems in different sizes: models with 2.5 inch drives will need to be a little taller than versions that use M.2 solid state storage.