Stick PC

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The idea behind the creator of the Gumstix (on the left), a PC around the size of a stick of gum. There is an extension module on the right

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.

A stick PC can be connected to a peripheral device such as a monitor, TV, or kiosk display to produce visual or audio output.


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.[1]

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,[2][3][4] Cotton Candy, using Samsung Exynos SoC,[5] and the Fire TV Stick are just some examples.

1st generation Google Chromecast in 2013

On July 24 2013, Google introduced the Google Chromecast., a streaming device similar in function and design to a stick PC.[6][7]

In April 2013, Tronsmart released the MK908, using the Rockchip RK3188 (featuring the quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 and ARM Mali-400MP GPU).[8]

In 2013 a small Chinese company called "MeeGoPad" released the first x86 based Stick PC, featuring the Intel© Atom™ Z3735F Processor. [9]

In March 2015, Asus and Google introduced the Chromebit, a stick PC based on the Rockchip RK3288 SoC and running Google's Chrome OS.[10]

The Intel Compute Stick

As of 2016, Intel Compute Stick is considered one of the first Intel x86 based Stick PCs.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erik Larson. "Introduction to GumStix Computers" (PDF). University of West Florida. 
  2. ^ Avram Piltch (October 2, 2012). "Android 4.0 Mini PC MK802 II Review". 
  3. ^ Brad Linder (June 6, 2012). "$74 MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC: First impressions (video)". 
  4. ^ ames Trew (July 6, 1012). "MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC hands-on impressions". Engadget. 
  5. ^ Jarred Walton (January 9, 2012). "FXI Cotton Candy Demo: More Power than You Can Shake a (Thumb) Stick at". Anandtech. 
  6. ^ David Blaza. "China Beat Google to Chromecast". EE Times. 
  7. ^ Evangelho, Jason (July 24, 2013). "Google's Chromecast A Brilliant Play For The Living Room -- Especially With $35 Price Tag". Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Brad Linder (April 25, 2013). "Tronsmart MK908 quad-core Android TV stick performance (video)". 
  9. ^ MeeGoPad International. "MeegoPad T01 First Intel Windows TV STick". 
  10. ^ Hollister, Sean (March 31, 2015). "Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV Into a Chrome PC for $85". Gizmodo. 
  11. ^ Intel Compute Stick (2016) review, By: Dan Ackerman Reviewed: January 24, 2016, CNET