Leaked slides may expose next-gen NUCs

Brace yourself for a bunch of new mini PCs. According to official-looking slides posted by FanlessTech, Intel is readying a wave of new NUCs for next year. The updated lineup will include systems based on next-gen Broadwell and Braswell processors.

The most intriguing units are probably the "Rock Canyon" designs with Broadwell chips. These will reportedly use 15W versions of the CPU and come in Core i3 and i5 flavors. It looks like there will be two chassis designs: one thick enough to accommodate a 2.5" hard drive in addition to an M.2 SSD, and a slimmer one limited to M.2 storage. The slides suggest both will have dual SO-DIMM slots, triple display outputs, and quad USB 3.0 ports. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built in, as well.

In addition to revealing four Broadwell-based NUCs, the leaked slides detail a single "Pinnacle Canyon" model with a Braswell-based Celeron under the hood. This entry-level design is somewhat pared down, with a single memory slot and 2.5" drive bay. One of the slides also lists an M.2 2230 socket, but that appears to be occupied by the system's wireless card. You still get quad USB 3.0 ports along with HDMI, VGA, and S/PDIF outputs.

All the new NUCs will reportedly be compatible with optional lids that add NFC and wireless charging support. None of this information is confirmed, of course, but it all seems pretty plausible. Even the schedule sounds reasonable. The Broadwell machines are due in the first quarter of 2015, while the Braswell one is expected in Q2.

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