A stick PC or PC on a stick is a single-board computer in a small elongated casing resembling a stick, that can usually be plugged directly (without an HDMI cable) on an HDMI video port. A stick PC is a device which has independent CPU or processing chips and which does not rely on another computer. It should not be confused with passive storage devices such as thumb drives.
The Gumstix, which came out in 2003, used the ARM architecture System on a chip (SoC) and used the Linux 2.6 kernel. Windows CE can be installed on this stick. It was created based on the idea of a PC similar in size to that of an average stick of gum.
The Stick PC was first introduced around 2003. Some examples of Stick PCs are: The Android Mini PC MK802 series from Rikomagic, using Android or GNU/Linux distributions, both based on Linux and Allwinner Technology or Rockchip SoC, Cotton Candy, using Samsung Exynos SoC, and the Fire TV Stick are just some examples.
In 2013 a small Chinese company called "MeeGoPad" released the first x86 based Stick PC, featuring the Intel© Atom™ Z3735F Processor. 
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