IDF 2012: Intel to ship ultra-portable NUC Ivy Bridge box in October
Core i3 configuration to start at $399.
Intel has confirmed that its ultra-compact Ivy Bridge motherboard, known as the Next Unit of Computing (NUC), will start shipping in October priced at $400.
The 4x4' motherboard features a Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor, along with Intel HD 4000 graphics. Key features include three USB 2.0 and two HDMI ports, the latter of which will make the device ideal for streaming content.
Other features include an RJ45 jack, and the NUC comes with standard SO-DIMM, mSATA and mini-PCI interfaces for memory, storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. Intel will also offer a variation with a high-speed Thunderbolt port.
Unlike the ultra-cheap 25 ARM-based Raspberry Pi, the NUC will be shipped in a boxed chassis. It is expected to be used primarily for commercial purposes but it will possible to use the device in the home as a living room PC or data streaming device.
"This is what our final production unit will look like and the retail price will start at $399," John Deatherage, product manager at Intel said during a roundtable.
"We've seen a lot of interest from a dozen verticals. We envisage the NUC having various commercial uses such as powering kiosks or point of sale terminals. Digital signage is also likely to be a common use case."
Although the NUC offers much more processing power than the Pi, users will have to factor in the cost of memory, storage, and a Wi-Fi card, which could initially limit adoption to enthusiasts.
At present the Core i3 is the only chip on offer, but Deatherage noted that Intel can scale the device up or down easily to cater to different price points.
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