Intel Austin Beach is a Modular, Fanless NUC Powered by Intel NUC Compute Elements

Unveiled last May, Intel NUC Compute Element is a family of cards that should cost less than the failed Computer Cards, and easy to handle than your typical computer-on-module.

The first Compute Elements showcased at Computex 2019 were powered by a 15-Watt Core U-series processor, and now various models will find their way into Intel Austin Beach fanless NUC with “Chandler Bay” NUC Compute Elements powered by Whiskey Lake processors.

Intel Austin Beach NUC + Chandler Bay NUC Compute Element
Intel Austin Beach NUC & Chandler Bay NUC Compute Elements – Click to Enlarge

Intel Austin Beach specifications:

  • Chandler Bay Compute Element (one or the other, all 15-W Whiskey Lake)
    • BKCM8CCB4R – Intel Celeron 4305U 2-core/2-thread processor with 4GB LPDDR3, 64GB eMMC storage
    • BKCM8PCB4R – Intel Pentium Gold 5405U 2-core/4-thread processor with 4GB LPDDR3, 64GB eMMC storage
    • BKCM8i3CB4N – Intel Core i3-8145U 2-core/4-thread processor with 4GB LPDDR3
    • BKCM8i5CB8N – Intel Core i5-8265U 4-core/8-thread processor with 8GB LPDDR3
    • BKCM8v5CB8N – Intel Core i5-8365U 4-core/8-thread vPro processor with 8GB LPDDR3
    • BKCM8i7CB8N – Intel Core i7-8565U 4-core/8 thread processor with 8GB LPDDR3
    • BKCM8v7CB8N – Intel Core i7-8665U 4-core/8-thread vPro processor with 8 GB LPDDR3
  • Storage
    • 2x M.2 2280 key-M slot for PCIe x4 NVMe
      and SATA SSDs
    • Intel Optane Memory H10 with
      Solid State Storage ready
  • Video Output
    • Dual HDMI 2.0a with built-in CEC
    • CMCR1ABB chassis (see photo below) – adds an internal 4-lane eDP connector
    • CMCR1ABC board (no photo that I could find) – 6x! HDMI with built-in CEC
  • Audio – Up to 7.1 multichannel (or dual 8-channel) digital audio via HDMI
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) via Intel i219-LM
    • CMCR1ABB chassis: additional Intel i211-AT GbE LAN
  • USB – 3x USB 3.1 gen 2 type-A ports, 1x internal USB 3.0 header, 2x internal USB 2.0 headers,  CMCR1ABB chassis: 2x USB 2.0 type-A ports
  • Serial – 2x RS232 serial port headers
  • Misc
    • Front Panel header – Vcc5/1A, 5Vsby/2A, 3.3Vsby/1A; Power Switch, Reset Switch, Power LED, Storage LED
    • Kensington lock ready
    • VESA mounting plate with power
      adapter bracket
    • External dipole antennas
  • Power Supply
    • 19VDC 90W power supply adapter with geo-specific AC cords
    • 12–24VDC rear jack, internal 2×2 connector
    • Qualified for 24×7 sustained operation
    • Delayed AC start
    • DC transient voltage suppression
  • Dimensions
    • CMCR1ABA, CMCR1ABB chassis – 254 x 152 x 36 mm
    • CMCR1ABA, CMCR1ABB boards – 170 x 136 mm
    • CMCR1ABC chassis – 200 x 136 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating –  0°C to +40°C (Chassis) and 0°C to +50°C (board); storage: -20°C to +40°C
Intel Austin Beach Chassis
Front (top), and back of CMCR1ABA (middle) and CMCR1ABB (top) chassis – Click to Enlarge

Intel Austin Beach NUC will be upgradeable/repairable, as you can simply replace the Compute Element for an upgrade or replace a defective CPU card.

Those are rugged mini PCs targetting the business and enterprise market, and it’s unclear whether NUC Compute Element will ever find their way into consumer-grade equipment.

Price and availability information has not been published. You may find more details on the “sales tools & marketing assets” page listing both Chandler Bay Compute Elements and Austin Beach chassis and mini PCs, as well as Butler Beach boards (aka NUC Pro Board) which are carrier boards for Compute Elements.

Via Liliputing and FanlessTech

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