Pricing details are scant on Intel’s NUC or “Next Unit of Computing,” slated for release in the second half of 2012, but if the advertised specs are anything to go by, it’s worth keeping a close watch on the product. Inside the 10 x 10 cm demo box, you’ve got a choice of either a Core i3 or Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor, with connection options that include Thunderbolt, HDMI and USB. In terms of graphics, you’ll see the decent integrated Intel HD 3000 onboard.
Apparently Intel told press outlet Just Press Start that the NUC will “not be in the hundreds or thousands range,” and that different SKUs would likely be available -- that’s good news for the mainstream public, although it has never been made clear where the product will ship. But either way, with one of the biggest names in the industry behind the endeavor, we’re interested to see how this project takes shape.