The NUC targets compact intelligent systems that require high performance data, graphics and media capabilities over a wide temperature range and is a portable yet powerful computer system that is about the size of a paperback novel. It features a fanless design and is expandable to up to 8 GBytes of DDR3L SO-DIMM RAM. There is internal support for a 2.5-in hard disc drive or an Intel Solid State Drive. One USB 3.0 port is on the front panel and two USB 2.0 ports are in the back, along with three internal USB 2.0 ports. Video is supported by a VGA port as well as an HDMI 1.4a port. Gigabit Ethernet LAN is onboard along with an internal Wi-Fi antenna. An internal mini-PCI port supports a wide variety of Wi-Fi cards. Audio I/O is provided by headphone and microphone jacks with support for Intel HD Audio.
For more simple computing needs, Mouser Electronics is also shipping the Intel NUC with Intel Celeron processor N2820. A slightly smaller form factor, this NUC has similar specifications except for its use of a 64-bit 2.39 GHz Intel Celeron N2820 processor. Video is supported by one HDMI 1.4a port.
These Intel NUCs are designed as essential building blocks for the thin client market. Both Linux and Windows Embedded operating systems are supported. Applications for these Intel NUCs include digital signage, point-of-sale systems, and kiosk solutions. Developers can expand these applications to include custom DVR systems and other portable computing platforms.