Intel already announced a Bay Trail NUC selling for $140 earlier this year, but despite the low power dissipation (7.5W TDP) of the Intel N2820 processor, it requires a fan for cooling. The company has now unveiled its first fanless mini PC with Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE powered by Intel Atom E3815 Bay Trail-I processor with 5W TDP. This NUC is destined for industrial and enterprise solutions such as digital signage, point-of-sales, kiosks, and thin clients.
Here are the specs of this tiny x86 computer:
- SoC – Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46GHz single core with 512KB cache and 5W TDP, coupled with Intel HD Graphics up to 400 MHz.
- System Memory – Up 8 GB 1.35V, 1333/1600 MHz (down clocked to 1066 MHz) DDR3L SO-DIMM
- Storage – 4-GB eMMC, support for one internal 2.5″ SATA HDD or SDD (up to 9.5mm thick)
- Video Output:
- 1x HDMI 1.4a
- 1x Embedded DisplayPort* (eDP) 1.3 (2-lane with backlight and adjustable voltage/timings)
- 1x VGA
- Audio – Multi-channel digital audio via HDMI interface, headphone/microphone jack
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and 3x internal USB 2.0 ports
- Serial – 2x serial port headers (TXD/RXD/RTS/CTS, w/5V transceivers)
- Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port, Half-length PCIe mini-card slot and wireless antennas pre-assembled (for wireless card support)
- Expansion header with DMIC, AppLaunch GPIO, HDMI_CEC, SMBus, I2C[0:1], PWM[0:1] w/5V buffers, 1.8/3.3/5 Vstby power
- Misc – Discrete Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2), Watchdog timer,
- Power – 12V, 36W wall-mount AC-DC power adapter. 12-24V DC internal power header.
- Dimensions – 190mm x 116mm x 40mm
The kit includes Intel NUC Board DE3815TYBE with enclosure, a vertical stand, a VESA mount bracket with screws (75x75mm and 100x100mm compatible), a 12V/3A power adapter with multi-countries AC plugs, an Intel Atom sticker, and an integration guide. It can run Windows Embedded 8 Standard (WES 8), WES 7, or various Linux distributions. Intel promises a 3-year product life cycle, and 3-year advanced warranty replacement.
The latest Intel NUC is expected to start shipping on April 28, but price has not been disclosed. You can find more information on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Single core ? No thanks. There’s some cool dual core fanless Celerons on Aliexpress that I’d much rather get.
Considering that Geekbuying can sell whole Quad Baytrail Tablets for 180USD (http://www.geekbuying.com/item/Onda-V819i-Intel-Bay-trail-T-Z3735-1-3GHz-8-inch-Tablet-PC-Android-4-2-Quad-Core-IPS-Capacitive-Touch-Screen-1280-800-2GB-16GB-Silver-326371.html) I am thinking that to be a fairly ridiculous product with a single core Atom…
@Someone from the other side
Really good price for intel tablet, but no ability at the moment to change operating system. No hdmi or other output. Still it is possible to disassemble and connect display port to hdmi (not that easy).
NUC can do almost the same as RK3188 hdmi stick with linux…
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
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Atom single core ? What are you doing, Intel ?
Thanks for the bug reports. It appears it’s beause of my cache plugin, I’ll check with the developer.
Uh, According to GeekBuying it does have HDMI? As for other OS, seeing that Bay Trail is in main line, it should run Linuxes just fine and I venture that even Win8 might be an option (considering that other Z37XX BayTrails run on Win8).
If I hadn’t just upgraded my IvyBridge HTPC NUC, I would definitely go and try the Onda for that role.
Also, why can ASRock sell Quadcore J1900 boards with passive cooling when Intel only gets that working with single core Atom?
@Someone from the other side
If you refer to ASRock mini-ITX boards, maybe it’s because of the size which allows for better cooling.
As for all comments about the single core, enterprise solutions do not always need the fastest platform. A digital signage may just output a video, display some text and pictures in a loop, maybe some powerpoint files, and they don’t really need multi-core processors for this type of applications. Power consumption is more important in order to save on electricity bills, as some devices may run 24/7, or at least continuously run during opening hours.
I agree power consumption is important – which is why I am about to build a new NAS, either with a J1900 or an AM1 sempron (it largely is hindered by spotty availability of suitable boards, right now).
But to be fair, if you are going to do digital signage with say a 60″ screen, the difference between single and quad baytrail is negligible. At least now that we have decent h264 hardware decoders, those Atoms can also do videos on their screens 🙂
NUCBOX BT3815 and NUCBOX BT3815-SSD available on some Korean shops – http://www.interpark.com/product/MallDisplay.do?_method=detail&sc.shopNo=0000100000&sc.dispNo=021110029002&sc.prdNo=2619670179&evtNo=
I’d assume the board is the same as the Intel NUC, but the casing is quite different.