After a decision by Intel to end the NUC lineup, fans are breathing a sign of relief. Asus has stepped up to continue the NUC product line into the future.

We’ve reviewed Tiger Canyon, Enthusiast, Hades Canyon and (coming soon) Raptor Canyon devices and, as a general statement each has been impressive. There are of course some downsides with a lack of full upgradeability and pricing.

In a statement, an Intel spokesperson said:

Intel is pivoting its strategy to enable ecosystem partners to continue NUC systems product line innovation and growth. ASUS’s expertise and track record delivering industry-leading mini PCs to customers make it ideally suited to continue driving innovation and growth in NUC systems products.

Hi-res file with embedded renditions. Photo for promoting the NUC 11 extreme products to channel members, Intel partners and consumer audiences

So what now for NUC?

The short answer is: Any devices already publicly announced will be delivered by Intel but not yet delivered will be completed in the current sales channel. Any new developments, as well as support for NUC systems, will be with Asus in a non-exclusive license for the NUC systems product from 10th to 13th Generation.

Personally, I’m glad to see the NUC line continuing and hope it continues for a long time. It’s a demonstration of what can be done with limited space available and pushes designers to stretch the boundaries.