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intel nucIntel has announced it will discontinue making desktop motherboards after 2016.

Intel has decided to move to other form factors, see later, but will still make reference chipsets for the Asian motherboard manufacturers such as ASUS and GIGABYTE.

The decision comes as no surprise given the bleak PC sales in 2012. Dell and HP’s PC and laptop sales have declined in the order of 20% in the last year. Intel will focus on it’s ULTRABOOK the half tablet half laptop which is being marketed aggressively by OEM manufacturers at the present.

Another direction Intel is pursuing is it’s NUC or Next Unit of Computing. The 4 inch x 4 inch by 2 inch high package is powered by an Intel® Core™ i3 processor on a 4-by-4-inch motherboard.


Intel® NUC Usage Models

Intel® NUC is an intelligent device for small spaces or anywhere else you can imagine. A flexible, customizable engine, Intel® NUC works for businesses and consumers; driving digital signage such as menus, news, weather, and corporate messaging, as well as powering home entertainment systems.

With either 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors or Intel® Celeron® processors on a 4x4-inch motherboard, you’ll be amazed that such a tiny device can offer so much power. The only thing more amazing than Intel® technology is what you can do with it.


A Customizable Embedded Engine for Computing in Small Spaces

From digital displays in high traffic areas to driving corporate messages into two different monitors, from intelligent vending to digital surveillance, Intel® NUC gives you the flexible and customizable solution you need for embedded environments


At Home in the Living Room, Game Room, or Office

From home theater systems to digital jukeboxes to massively multiplayer online gaming (MMOG) to a 2-in-1 system for your kitchen or home office, Intel® NUC is customizable for the way you compute today. With features such as Intel® Smart Connect Technology1, your computer is ready to go when you are with automatic updates of your e-mail and social networks even when your computer is asleep. And with Intel® Rapid Start Technology2 you can go from fully off to watching movies or listening to music in the blink of an eye.


Big Business Potential in a Small Footprint

Whether you need digital signage, kiosk displays, or simply intelligent computing for small spaces, Intel® NUC delivers the power and flexibility you need for today’s computing environment. With the power and size of Intel® NUC, you’ll rethink what’s possible.



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