Intel has not abandoned its NUC, far from it and adjusts its specifications with the introduction of a version of Thunderbolt.
The Intel NUC – for Next Unit of Computing – has shown itself a little more at IDF 2012. From what we could see, Intel has made a good progress on the project and now offers a case of 11.6 x 11.2 3.9 cm thick and 417 grams.
The 4″ side of the motherboard is driven by an Intel Core i5-3217U clocked at 1.8 GHz, dual core with hyperthreading support for a TDP of 17 Watts. There are now two versions of the NUC, one with the Thunderbolt, the other not. The first provides an HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port that can be used for the network via an adapter. Finally a port for Kensington lock into place.
Tre version without Thunderbolt port replaces this port with a RJ45 Gigabit port and adds an additional HDMI port. The power of the machine is provided by a conventional adapter of 20 Watts. It will add a WiFi card and Bluetooth mini PCIe hard disk (preferably a SSD).
The final price of NUC will, of course, determined by the manufacturers, though Intel wants them to be around $399.