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.