Next-generation Broadwell NUCs coming late 2014, says leaked roadmap

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Ivy Bridge NUC on top, Haswell NUC on the bottom. What will the next one look like? Andrew Cunningham Intel’s “Next Unit of Computing” (NUC) mini desktops are apparently one of the few segments in the PC industry actually seeing some growth, and a new roadmap leaked by FanlessTech  shows that Intel is already planning the next versions. According to the roadmap, Intel is planning three new NUC models based on next-generation Broadwell chips, all scheduled to launch toward the end of 2014. FanlessTech [ars_story_side post_id=”397297″][/ars_story_sidebar]Two of the new NUC models are targeted at consumers, and will use next-generation Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs codenamed “Rock Canyon.” Like the current Haswell NUCs, they will include USB 3.0, mini HDMI, and mini DisplayPort outputs. The mini DisplayPort outlets can power either a 4K display or three lower-resolution displays simultaneously. The mSATA slot that current NUCs use for their SSDs will be replaced by an M.2 slot , which can provide faster storage speeds via the PCI Express bus. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an IR sensor will both be built in, as will a bay for a standard 2.5-inch hard drive. The most interesting departure from current NUCs will be swappable lids, which can add either NFC or wireless charging capabilities to the NUCs. The idea of using a desktop as a wireless charging pad isn’t entirely new—we saw a desktop or two that offered this capability at this year’s CES—but a NUC-sized box could serve as a nice wireless charging pad for smartphones and tablets. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments        

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