Details about Intel’s second generation Next Unit of Computing (NUC) have surfaced via slides from Intel’s latest roadmaps.
According to the roadmap, Intel will be introducing its Broadwell-powered NUC by Q1 2015, whereas Braswell based NUCs will arrive by Q2. Broadwell NUCs will support M.2 storage drives, along with wide-arrays of connectors, NFC and wireless charging features.
Braswell-powered units will have native support for SDXC UHS-I memory cards. There’s also native USB 3.0 ports, with one of them dedicated for charging. These devices support SO-DIMM memory kits of up to 1866MHz and some of them support 2.5″ HDD/SSD of up to 9.5mm z-axis height.The Braswell also features TOSLINK jack. As you can also notice in the specification list, Intel has removed external USB 2.0 native support from all of its NUC.
These units are arriving with Celeron, i3 and i5 variants. The Celeron units are aimed for HTPC, entry-level PCs and even for ‘light mainstream’ gaming. The i3 variant is meant for mainstream gaming, content creation, home theater and for home-office use. There are two models for the i5 variant, but both are meant for immersive gaming, content creation, home theatre and home office purposes.
Its not sure if Intel plans to push these NUC units as a Steam box type device, but for certain it shows Intel’s seriousness towards HTPC and entry level general purpose and content creation.