Intel made waves earlier this year with the unannounced cancellation of its Compute Card products, a removable card with onboard CPU, memory, and storage that the company designed for modular platforms. Today at Computex 2019, Intel announced the replacement for those products: NUC Compute Element.
The NUC Compute Element shares the same philosophy of enabling modular compute platforms, but isn't strictly designed as a removable card. Instead, the small device, which houses a CPU, memory, and storage, is designed to be assembled inside various types of devices, such as notebooks, kiosks, vending machines, and appliances, but uses an removable Intel-proprietary connector for easy servicing.
I think the big problem is that if they support this idea like they did the Compute Stick and the last Compute Card... it'll die quite quickly.
The idea is good, but the people who are interesting in buying these sorts of things don't want their investment essentially abandoned by the creator in two years; the Compute Card announced May 2017, development abandoned March 2019... less than two years. Their microSD-sized project (I forget the name) similarly suffered from atrocious support and early abandonment. Intel have some great ideas, but they never seem to really try to follow through for long enough, at least on the super-small/portable ideas.
I'm completely uncertain how replacing a dataprocessing modular cluster that nobody used with an overpowered arduino is news or a valid swap.
Replacing Kniggits Barge with a card that has three of their GPUs on it for datacenter would make sense, but slapping "new and improved" on a product with 1/10th the process capacity of the C.C. seems not like a replacement.