Computing components manufacturer, Intel, has launched a 4x4-inch Next Unit Computing (NUC) system exclusively through the channel which will enable partners to expand their customer reach by producing unlimited application options, according to Intel Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) national channel sales manager, VR Rajkumar.
The NUC is available in two models: business (DC3217IYE) and consumer (DC3217BY). Both are powered by a dual-core 1.8GHz third generation Intel Core i3 processor, which sits beside an Intel QS77 Express chipset.
They feature Intel HD Graphics 4000, three USB 2.0 ports (one at the front, two at the rear), dual mini PCIe slots, and dual SO-DIMM sockets for memory expandability for up to 16GB.
The business model has two HDMI slots and an Ethernet port at the rear, whereas the consumer variant has one HDMI port and a thunderbolt port. The latter comes in black only, and the latter has a maroon top.
While there isn’t much on the choice front at present, Rajkumar said, “what I’m hearing internally is that next year onwards, we’ll be having a ‘good, better, best’ motto. We’re going to have Celeron in the low end, and it will be i5 and i7 on the other.”
The benefit for resellers lies in the NUC’s form factor and quiet operation. The 4x4x2-inch build means that it is open to a large range of applications and markets, Rajkumar said.
Intel foresees particular interest being generated in the digital signage space which, according to Rajkumar, remains largely unoccupied by the channel. As such, the sector gives partners a differentiator and growth opportunities.
Other key applications include media-centre PCs, as well as all-in-ones, but Intel is adamant it can be put anywhere – even in a car.
Both models of the NUC are now shipping globally through Intel’s distributors, Altech Computers, Ingram Micro, and Synnex.
DC3217IYE is available for a RRP of $389, and DC3217BY for $399.
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