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Intel Corporation Message Board

  • ideal_invst ideal_invst Apr 30, 2012 12:13 PM Flag

    Intel introduces - NUC - Next Unit of Computing

    Intel could take on Raspberry Pi and compact set-top boxes with a new, budget PC, the NUC or “Next Unit of Computing,” set to launch in the second half of 2012. Dressed in a 10 x 10 cm demo box, the NUC is a full Core i3/i5 Sandy Bridge computer complete with Thunderbolt, HDMI and USB connectivity, Sweclockers reports, while inside there’s a pair of laptop memory slots and a pair of mini PCIe headers.

    Thanks to a standard CPU slot and regular heatsink and fan, any Core i3 or Core i5 chip can be dropped in, meaning that as well as outclassing the Raspberry Pi in terms of raw speed – the “$25 computer” runs at 700MHz – it can run any regular x86 software. Intel is apparently positioning it as a digital signage device or the basis of a standalone kiosk, but even with HD 3000 graphics it could still be enough to do HTPC duty.

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