Intel has announced a groundbreaking partnership with ASUS, marking the company’s inaugural collaboration for its Next Unit of Compute (NUC) mini PC business.
Under a non-binding agreement, ASUS will take charge of manufacturing, selling, and providing support for Intel’s 10th to 13th-generation products in the NUC line.
Additionally, ASUS will contribute to the development of future NUC designs. Given their current product range, ASUS may be involved in creating future NUC mini PCs, DIY kits for mini PCs, DIY kits for laptops, customizable boards, chassis, and other assembly components.
As a reminder, Intel recently informed Engadget that it would cease its “direct investment” in the NUC business, discontinuing the production of first-party NUC products.
Although Intel did not elaborate on its reasoning, partnering with external companies for non-essential ventures will free up resources that can be allocated toward chip manufacturing.
Intel had previously reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but its revenue still experienced a 36% decline compared to the same period in 2022. The company also expressed caution regarding the current economic climate.
In the announcement of this partnership, Intel highlighted ASUS’ expertise and outstanding track record in delivering industry-leading mini PCs to customers, making them an ideal candidate to drive innovation and growth in NUC system products.
ASUS will establish a dedicated business unit called “ASUS NUC BU” to oversee all Intel NUC-related matters.
While the manufacturer will receive a non-exclusive license to Intel’s NUC systems, this agreement allows for potential future collaborations between Intel and other companies.