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Intel NUC: a concept mini PC with Ivy Bridge INside

Intel took advantage of a trade show held in London last weekend to show the NUC, a mini-PC design of 100 mm side, exploiting its latest generation of chips, namely Ivy Bridge.

For this concept PC called NUC (Next Computing Unit), Intel based on its expertise in portable machines and operates components dedicated to this world to realize it. Regarding the size of the set, so we come to 100 mm wide for 20 mm high, which is slightly higher than the Pico ITX (100 x 75 mm), a format developed by VIA. Inside, we would find a Core i3 or i5, a dual-core model of the brand, and two DDR3 slots. Intel said its PC Lilliputian would be based on the new Ivy Bridge architecture. Two mini PCI Express ports are also on hand to provide some extensions, like adding a Wi-Fi chip for example.

At the external connections, this mini PC has a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI output, but also a mini DisplayPort port. The latter would offer compatibility with Thunderbolt, the famous connection that supports up to 10 Gbps bandwidth (bidirectional). For the moment, Intel does not mention any price for this concept, but told our colleagues at ExtremeTech that the price could start around the $100 in the second half of the year, depending on the chosen options. The question is whether the chipmaker has not just wanted to show his skills and he is not going to entrust this project to its various partners, as it usually does.

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