Next-Gen Intel NUC Takes Power in Small Size to a New Level
Bohs Hansen / 3 years ago
Intel’s NUC lineup is already pretty impressive all things considered. You get a lot of power in a tiny form factor and a variety of different models. With the release of Skylake, Intel is now prepping the next generation of NUC series that will be powered by Skylake-U low-voltage processors. The new tiny systems will draw just 15W while supporting M.2 drives and up to 32GB DDR4 memory.
It was more or less a given that Intel would release Skylake based systems, but up until now we’ve just seen slides mentioning them and no actual units. That has changed as they were spotted on Kingston’s booth at the IDF2015. The unit was of course loaded with Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 SO-DIMMs and M.2 SSD drive.
On the rear of the board, we can see a mini-DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a connector, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, and the DC power. The system also has a wireless card with 802.11ac and Bluetooth that most likely is placed underneath the M.2 drive.
The front of the board features an Infrared receiver and a 3.5mm audio jack. It also features two USB 3.0 ports where the yellow one of them is designed for faster charging of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. There’s also a header for two USB 2.0 ports on the device, but that’s not pictured.
It isn’t fully clear yet what CPU was running in the demonstrated Intel NUC system, it could be either a Core i5-6200 or Core i3-6100U as both have a base clock frequency of 2.3GHz.
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