1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 12, 2014 2:55 PM by provo44

    Intel prepares for even smaller (and cheaper) mini PCs


      Intel figures the bill of materials for a typical mini PC today comes in at around $100, while future models could cost just over $50 to make


      Ultimately Intel figures we’ll see tiny desktops as small as 4.6″ x 2.8″ x 1.26″ which are fully capable Windows, Android, Chrome, and Linux computers in the not too distant future. Those systems would be about half the size of a current Intel NUC device… and if Intel’s right, they could cost half as much to build. Hopefully that’ll also lead to a street price that’s about 50 percent lower.



        • 1. Re: Intel prepares for even smaller (and cheaper) mini PCs

          This is how Intel’s Broadwell-powered NUC mini PCs will look




          Intel has at least two different configurations planned. The first looks a lot like today’s NUC systems with Intel Haswell processors. That means they’re small enough to hold in your hand, but will feature a decent range of HDMI, DisplayPort and USB ports as well as support for an Intel Broadwell-U 15 watt dual-core processor.

          But Intel is also working on something called a “half-NUC” which is about half the size.

          It’s powered by an Intel Atom processor, features USB, HDMI, and VGA ports, but there’s no room for a normal hard drive or for fans, so the system will likely use solid state storage and passive cooling.

          PC World says Intel is also showing off NUC prototypes featuring microphones for voice controls and touch controls that let you do things like adjust the volume by swiping your finger across the top of the PC case.