Intel’s NUC computers are tiny desktop PCs designed to showcase the company’s latest chips. So it should come as no surprise that after Intel’s 5th-gen Core family processors launch later this year, the chip maker plans to update its NUC family with new models featuring “Broadwell” chips.
But it’s always nice to know for sure… and a leaked product roadmap shows a couple of new NUC desktops scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The new “Rock Canyon” NUC kits will be available with Intel Core i3 or Core i5 Broadwell chips. They’ll be able to work with up to 3 displays at once, and will feature options for 2.5 inch drives and/or M.2 solid state drives.
Intel plans to include USB 3.0 ports, WiFi and Bluetooth, and an IR sensor for use with a remote control for folks that want to use an NUC as a home theater PC. The case lid will be replaceable so you can opt for a model that supports NFC or wireless charging.
There’s also a new “Maple Canyon” model aimed at commercial customers. It should also launch in late 2014, and it’ll feature most of the same features, but it lacks the IR port and instead offers optional Intel vPro and TPM hardware.
You can find more details at FanlessTech.