Intel is introducing a new device, the "NUC Compute Element". It is a slightly updated version of a new idea: turn the core of a computer into a modular element that can be easily inserted into other devices to upgrade when the time is right. It is not a bad idea either. Think of a kiosk: the touchscreen will probably be good for years, but the computer that controls it should probably be updated more often.
It is such a good idea, Intel has tried it before. Earlier this year, Intel saved the Compute Card, which was literally the same, but in a different instance. Intel did not even make it for a second generation of the Compute Card.
A spokesperson tells us that this new NUC brand iteration has resolved some of the customer's complaints about the Compute Card. Instead of being a fully enclosed gadget card, the NUC Compute Element looks much more and looks more like a computer component, right up to the exposed connector. Intel claims that the changes reduce the footprint in other devices and also increases the I / O options on tap.
Intel says that this new iteration may be suitable for 8th-gen Core i3 and i5 U-series CPUs, as well as Pentium Gold or Celeron processors, none of which are particularly powerful chips. However, one of the most important use cases is likely to power laptops, and it will be used in laptops aimed at the education market that should be out in the first half of next year.
The only image that Intel currently shares is shown as the one you see at the top of this message, so some work may still have to be done before they are ready to send. If you haven't noticed, Intel has switched this concept to its NUC brand, which previously stood for Intel & # 39; s own small barebones computers. People have liked NUC & # 39; s, so it makes sense that Intel would like to apply the brand here.
Intel seems determined to make modular computers. But the whole reason to make a modular computer is to redeem a new component later – and that can't happen if Intel keeps changing the core design. This is the hope that this year's iteration will last longer than the Compute Card.