9 itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie computers
No, they're not bikinis, but just as exciting
By Howard Wen | Network World US | Published: 17:35, 23 July 2012
There’s a 'tiny' revolution unfolding in the personal computer industry led by the Raspberry Pi, which has become so popular that it’s difficult to buy one right now. The idea of small computers is being driven by hardware hackers and hobbyists. Here are eight products, and a project in development, that are leading the effort to make PCs small enough to slip into your pocket.
NUC by Intel
This isn’t necessarily a “tiny computer” concept, but is instead Intel’s new form factor for trying to cram as many features you’d find in a base-level desktop or notebook computer into the smallest dimensions that are technologically possible. As reported first by SweClockers.com, the NUC (Next Unit of Computing) form factor packs in HDMI, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, two memory slots, a CPU socket for a mobile Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, and even room for a fan and heat sink assembly - all on a desktop PC motherboard that measures only 4 by 4 inches (10 by 10 cm). Intel says that NUC boards should be available during the second half of this year. Unofficial guesses peg it starting...