Intel has agreed to allow ASUS to manufacture and sell Next Unit of Computing (NUC) hardware. According to the non-exclusive license agreement, ASUS will manufacture, sell and support NUC systems of the 10th-13th generations. In addition, ASUS has the opportunity to develop new NUC system designs, which could potentially lead to the release of NUC hardware on Intel’s 14th generation processors later this year or early 2024.
This agreement was signed after last week Intel announced the end of direct investment in its mini PC business and the end of production of NUC systems under the Intel brand. However, the deal with ASUS shows that there is still a healthy market for these compact PCs.
ASUS, which has already released several generations of mini PC systems, is not new to this market. “I am confident that this collaboration will enhance and accelerate our vision for the mini PC – greatly expanding our footprint in areas such as AI and AIoT,” says Joe Hsieh, Asus chief operating officer. “We are committed to ensuring the excellent support and service that NUC systems customers expect.”
Sam Gao, Intel Vice President and General Manager of Intel Client Platform Solutions, expressed hope that ASUS will continue to provide exceptional products and support to NUC users.