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Intel’s Next Unit of Computing

Intel tasked its engineers with building the absolute smallest fully featured compute unit possible. The result is something Intel markets as the Next Unit of Computing. This isn’t a standard form factor (yet), but it’s fully featured. The 4″ x 4″ motherboard features an integrated Core i3 with 7-series chipset, mini-PCIe slot, mSATA slot, two SO-DIMM slots and three USB ports. Power is supplied by an external AC/DC adapter, but there’s also a small 2-pin header for an optional internal power supply. There’s also an ethernet jack and two HDMI outputs.

Since the NUC isn’t yet a standard form factor, Intel had to work with a chassis vendor in putting together a reference platform. The result is this:

Later this year you’ll be able to buy this chassis, power supply and Core i3 equipped motherboard for around $399. That price won’t include an OS but it will include a smallish mSATA SSD.

source : anandtech

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