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Intel Unveils Tiny Next Unit of Computing To Match Raspberry Pi 194

Posted by samzenpus
from the small-like-you dept.
MrSeb writes "Details of a new, ultra-compact computer form factor from Intel, called the Next Unit of Computing (NUC) are starting to emerge. First demonstrated at PAX East at the beginning of April, and Intel's Platinum Summit in London last week, NUC is a complete 10x10cm (4x4in) Sandy Bridge Core i3/i5 computer. On the back, there are Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB 3.0 ports. On the motherboard itself, there are two SO-DIMM (laptop) memory slots and two mini PCIe headers. On the flip side of the motherboard is a CPU socket that takes most mobile Core i3 and i5 processors, and a heatsink and fan assembly. Price-wise, it's unlikely that the NUC will approach the $25 Raspberry Pi, but an Intel employee has said that the price will 'not be in the hundreds and thousands range.' A price point around $100 would be reasonable, and would make the NUC an ideal HTPC or learning/educational PC. The NUC is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2012."
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Intel Unveils Tiny Next Unit of Computing To Match Raspberry Pi

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  • New form factor (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Joehonkie (665142) on Monday April 30, 2012 @10:36AM (#39845017) Homepage
    Who says this is supposed to be competition for the Raspberry Pi at all? Intel is trying to integrate as much as possible into their native chips. A shrink in form factor for lightweight PCs completely makes sense in that line.
  • Re:MPEG2 (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 30, 2012 @10:43AM (#39845073)

    First, x86 is shit-flavored icing. It's an ugly architecture kludged over and over, and plastered over with a half-dozen flavors of SIMD along the way. Unless you really want to run some specific proprietary software only available on x86, it's manifestly a bad thing.

    Second, and this is a serious question, who uses MPEG2 anymore? The only thing I've seen it on recently is DVDs, and they're low enough bitrate to handle in software -- all HD sources I've seen lately use some flavor of MPEG4 or VC-1. Is this a US-only issue?

  • Re:amazing (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Monday April 30, 2012 @10:49AM (#39845137) Journal

    If the price is on par with raspberry or just above it this is going to be awesome. 293479x times the power.

    Not happening, unfortunately. At retail( used, prices for CPUs tend to be pretty similar across the board at a given time) the cheapest LGA1155 CPU is ~$40. 1.6GHz, single core, desktop binned part(unfortunately, low-end mobile CPUs don't seem to be as available in the retail channel, so I couldn't find a number for something in the mobile TDP range). At least it comes with a fan. Now, even such a puny device will brutalize a 700mhz ARM SoC designed to run from whatever battery is slim enough to fit in a contemporary cellphone; but if the CPU alone costs $5 more than the entire rpi, CPU+motherboard is going to run at least double, and RAM and boot volume still haven't been taken care of.

    An overwhelmingly more powerful platform, certainly, as one would expect in a PC vs. basically-a-cellphone matchup; but the price delta is about what one would expect as well...

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