What at one time it was presented as a possible rival for the Raspberry Pi, today is a platform that step on merit opens in the very attractive (and other competitive) market for mini PCs. The NUC Intel series is about to enter a new generation, adopting Skylake based architecture, processors and other advanced elements, including support for DDR4 memories stand out.
Intel updated its series with chips NUC Skylake
There is a huge amount of users out there willing to replace their old towers with more compact computers. In early December we published a list of several suggestions, among them Intel NUC appears. The Santa Clara giant successfully managed to contain the high performance of its processors in a much smaller format, but with each new generation, appear additional benefits in terms of energy efficiency. The Skylake architecture takes several months on the market, and the next step for Intel is none other than integrating the NUC series. The place chosen for the presentation was the CES 2016, and there were some units.
Like previous generations, new NUC with Skylake housings are available in compatible units 2.5 inch
At first glance, the new Intel-based NUC Skylake can easily be confused with previous models, but at the back of the first modifications are appreciated. This update takes a full-size HDMI port (version 1.4b), change the position of the connector for the power supply, and adds an SD card slot on one side. The number of USB ports remains intact (four, all one particular 3.0 to load), as well as the port and DisplayPort 1.2 gigabit Ethernet connector. Inside, things are even more interesting. The chips are selected by Intel Core i3-6100U, and Core i5-6260U both derived from Minis. Recall that this chip i5 comes with a module of Iris graphics, while the Intel i3 offers HD video 520.
To all this we must add support for DDR4 memories, two different housing versions (one for SSDs and other supports 2.5-inch drives) and of course, integrated WiFi connectivity ac. So much so that Intel showed at the CES floor … however, no data on an even more advanced NUC. The code name is “Skull Canyon” and will be equipped with higher processor of Skylake family (probably a Core i7 45W), which will also provide video Iris Pro, and compatibility with Thunderbolt 3 which opens up cards external graphics. Intel has not announced prices for the new NUC, but we must not forget that they are kits. We need RAM, disk and operating system.