Intel teases Broadwell NUCs ahead of launch

December 15, 2014 // 11:08 a.m.

Tags: #bare-bones #broadwell #intel #m2 #next-unit-of-computing #nuc #pc #sata #sleep-and-charge

The first images of a Broadwell Next Unit of Computing (NUC) family from chip-maker Intel have appeared on the company's website, offering a glimpse as to what's next for the diminutive form-factor.

Announced back in 2012, the Next Unit of Computing is - as the name suggests - Intel's vision of the future. Rather than the bulky boxes of traditional desktop PCs, the NUC takes a leaf from Apple's Mac Mini line and packs surprisingly high-performance hardware into a tiny form factor. That Intel was looking to launch a version equipped with the new Broadwell processors is no secret, but a rumoured Q4 2014 launch seemed unlikely as we entered the final weeks of December.

Now, Intel has updated its NUC micro-site with the first images of what is beleived to be a Broadwell-based hardware refresh. First spotted by ComputerBase, the redesign includes front-facing USB 3.0 and 'sleep-and-charge' USB ports and the option to fit M.2 storage devices on the motherboard in addition to a traditional SATA port.

Sadly, Intel has not officially launched the new models. As a result, pricing and availability are not yet known. The company has, however, listed model numbers for what it describes as 'pre-production samples' of the new NUC designs. Two main board variants are promised, one with an on-board Broadwell Core i3 processor and one with a more powerful Broadwell Core i5 chip. As with previous NUC releases, bare-board and cased kit variants will be released.
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