Phoronix: Intel Is Launching An Interesting Bay Trail NUC Next Week
Intel next week is expected to begin shipping a new NUC Kit that is fan-less and suited for "value-conscious businesses and organizations." This new NUC Kit has just a single-core "Bay Trail" processor that runs at 5 Watts but overall it looks like it could have some interesting applications if the price is right...
I'm looking for a small but yet powerful hardware to build a homemade router, running pfSense, and this one should be very interesting if not overly priced. Yet the hardware support will be in balance
For developers that are heavily invested in "x86 code", there is a real attraction/advantage to this product since the "jump to ARM" for them or their customers might not be acceptable. It might come down to driver support. We might all stipulate that drivers tend to arrive in OS like Windoze and Apple before they arrive in Linux and BSD; that's the nature of the business with the support from those vendors.
The selection of the "target market", as mentioned by Intel, is interesting:
- Would I want to play games on this device? Not the fancy graphics-driven games, but 2D games might be "ok" and CLI/text ("yawn") should be fine.a pint-sized powerhouse for value-conscious businesses and organizations.
- Would I want to watch video via this device? I would try HD because I am curious, but SD might be the better choice on this device. Flash-based video performance could be interesting.
- Would I want to listen to audio via this device? Possibly; "Multi-channel digital audio via HDMI interface" (quoting Intel) could be interesting.
- Would this device be suitable for a business environment where "light web surfing" (no Youtube and such) and web-based office applications? Probably.
- Would I want to run Micro$loth Office "bloatware" on this device? Probably not.
- Would I run Windoze on this device? If I had to; I would try a few Linux distros first, provided there was nothing "Windoze specific" that was required.
- Would I run LTS "Linux Terminal Services" or similar on this device (much less "bloat" compared to Windoze Remote Desktop Client)? It would be worth a try and probably perform pretty decent.
I would also be curious if "embedded Windoze" could be installed on this device. That could make Windoze Remote Desktop Client a possibility.
At the end of the day, I think Michael could do a nice job of benchmarking this little device, assuming he has the desire, time, and money.
A firewall based on this device might take a little work to get it all going, but it would be an interesting and worthy project for a "geek".
I need to become more software-independant for my network hardware
Great, this implies the presence of at least 1x mPCIe slot.Originally Posted by Article
This seems pretty shitty.
Only single-core? Mobile ARM chipsets used in smartphones are quad-core and octo-core while still passively cooled.
Only one USB 3.0 port? I would rather have seen 4 ports.