Now Intel is starting to show what its next-gen NUC systems will look like.
PC World spotted a few NUC prototypes at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week.
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.