File-It-Under: Small Factor PC's!~
Intel is quietly making noise this weekend not with their usual processors but with small factor PC's.That's right you read correctly,small factor PC's that Intel are calling the NUC,which stands for Next Unit Computing.The main feature in the Next Unit Computing is off course the size of the PC and its small size motherboard with measurements that come at 4" x 4" . You already have on the market the mini -ITX standard motherboard on the market that measures at "6.7 x 6.7" and the VIA's Pico-ITX .Where the NUC has an advantage is speed thanks in part to a bundled Ivy Bridge processor.In detail, the CPU's powering the NUC will be an Intel Core i3-3217U processor that will be embedded onto the motherboard.
The processor specs will come at 1.8GHz dual-core four threads with 3MB of cache,and will have the famed Intel HD 4000 graphics,pretty decent hardware packed in such a small factor PC. On the motherboard there is two SO-DIMM RAM slots, an mSATA port made perfectly for an SSD, and a PCIe slot. Intel is constructing two versions of the NUC motherboard.One motherboard will have 3 USB 2.0 ports,1HDMI output, and 1 Thunderbolt port.The other motherboard will have 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2 HDMI outputs, and one Gigabit Ethernet and a dual HDMI model.
More impressively,Intel reportedly will offer several chassis designs for custom form factor motherboards (there will be two cases), you will be able to build computers out of barebone kits with at least one of the custom cases,and integrated heatsink, and a power supply unit will be present.The price point of the NUC computer will cost you $400 in the US, the parts will also be available for purchase in October.
With set top boxes invading many living rooms around the globe,small factor computers like the NUC will more than likely replace traditional desktop computers,they fit nicely under your TV and can be used for many things,from entertainment to web surfing.
Credit Source and Image: PC Perspective,Tech Review and Engadget