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Intel June Canyon (Gemini Lake) NUCs Now Up for Pre-order for $130 and Up

February 13th, 2018 5 comments

This morning, I was informed that Intel had now published product pages for June Canyon NUC kits, mini PC, and board powered by the company’s latest Gemini Lake processors with four models:

  • Intel NUC 7 Essential NUC7CJYSAL – Mini PC with Windows 10 based on Intel Celeron J4005 dual core processor (4M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz) with 32GB flash, 4GB RAM
  • Intel NUC Kit NUC7PJYH – Barebone mini PC with  Intel Pentium Silver J5005 quad core processor (4M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz)
  • Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYH – Barebone mini PC with Intel Celeron J4005 dual core processor (4M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz)
  • Intel NUC Board NUC7PJYB – Board based on Intel Pentium Silver J5005 quad core processor (4M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz)

We’ve already published Intel June Canyon NUCs’ specifications, so I won’t go through it again in this post, and instead I looked for places where the devices may be for sale. While I could not find them on larger websites such as Amazon, some smaller distributors are already taking pre-order so we can have a good idea about the price:

  • Intel NUC 7 Essential NUC7CJYSAL – $236.52
  • Intel NUC Kit NUC7PJYH – $189.79
  • Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYH – $131.36
  • Intel NUC Board NUC7PJYB – N/A

The prices above are from Bottom Line Communication. Ground shipping is free to most of the US for orders over $1,000, and they also ship worldwide. I could also find some other shops such as TigerDirect selling NUC7PJYH for $187.99 + $6.99 shipping (to the US), but the board only does not appear to be up for sale/pre-order anywhere yet. More shops should list the devices in the next few days, but it’s good to know price will be similar to the one of Apollo Lake models, as for example, I can see the Barebone Celeron Apollo Lake NUC selling for about $130 on Amazon US.

GIGABYTE MZGLKAI is an Industrial Mini-ITX Motherboard Powered by an Intel Gemini Lake Processor

February 12th, 2018 12 comments

Last month, we got news of Gemini Lake motherboards by ASRock, and GIGABYTE. The former provided decent technical details about their boards, but the latter basically published a more-or-less useless press release about their upcoming J/N motherboards (e.g. J4005N D2P) with very few technical details.

The company has now introduced MZGLKAI industrial mini-ITX motherboard featuring an Intel Celeron J4105 core Gemini Lake processor, dual Gigabit Ethernet, five SATA ports, plenty of COM ports, and more.

GIGABYTE MZGLKAI (9MZGLKAINR-S) specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J4105 quad core processor @ 1.50/2.5 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 up to 750 MHz; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x DDR4 1.2V SO-DIMM slots up to 2400Mhz, 8GB max.
  • Storage – 5x SATA III 6Gbps including 4x via Marvell 88SE9230, 1x from J4105 with SATA DOM support; 3x SATA power connectors
  • Video Output / Display I/F
    • HDMI 2.0a port up to 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz with HDCP 2.2
    • VGA (D-Sub) port up to 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz
    • *eDP connector up to 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz
    • *LVDS port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz
    • 1x Backlight control connector
    • *Note: eDP connector is multiplexed with the LVDS port, only one can be used at a time
  • Audio
    • Realtek ALC269Q audio codec
    • 3x audio jacks for Line in, Line out, Mic in)
    • Internal connections – front audio header, speaker out header
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports via Realtek RTL8111HS
  • Serial
    • 2x DB9 COM ports (RS232 /422 /485 and RI/5V/12V)
    • 4x COM headers (RS232)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 type A ports (or 1x USB 3.0 type A, 1x USB 3.0 type C), 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 header, 1x USB 2.0 header
  • Expansion
    • 1x PCIe x4 (Gen2 x 2)
    • 1x M.2 2280 M-key slot with SATA 6Gb/s
    • 1x M.2 2230 E-key slot for NGFF-2230 CNVi cards only
    • 1x GPIO header
  • Misc – CPU fan header, system fan header, front panel header, TPM header for optional TPM module kit, 2x LAN LED headers, 1x RAID LED header, case open header, buzzer, AT mode jumper
  • Power Supply
    • 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
    • 12V DC in jack
  • Dimensions – 170 x 170 mm (mini-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C to 50°C; storage: -40°C to 70°C
  • Humidity – 0-90% (non-condensing)

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The company only mentions support for Windows 10 64-bit operating system, but Linux distributions will likely be supported as well, albeit possibly unofficially. The motherboard is said to ship with an IO Shield, and two SATA power cables (300mm), with an optional TPM 1.2 or TPM 2.0 module also offered.

More details, including the BIOS download link, and a hardware installation / quick reference guide, can be found on the product page. I’d assume Windows drivers should eventually made their way on that page too.

 

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Via FanlessTech

Shuttle DL10J Fanless Gemini Lake Mini PC Features Intel Celeron J4005 Dual Core Processor, 3 Video Outputs

February 7th, 2018 3 comments

Several mini PCs based on Intel Gemini Lake processors were unveiled at CES 2018, including Zotac PICO PI226, MeLE PCG63-APL4, and ECS LIVA Gemini Lake models all of which slated to launch in Q2 2018. ASRock and GIGABYTE also announced Gemini Lake motherboards a few weeks later.

Most of the products above are for the consumer market, but if you’re after a Gemini Lake mini PC more geared towards business use cases like digital signage and multi-display solutions, Shuttle is now showcasing their DL10J mini PC powered by an Intel Celeron J4055 Gemini Lake dual core processor, and offering 3 video output ports at Integrated Systems Europe 2018 (ISE 2018).

Shuttle DL10J mini PC specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J4005 dual core GLK processor @ 2.00/2.70 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x DDR4 slots @ 2133 MHz up to 8GB
  • Storage – 1x 2.5″ SATA III bay, 1x M.2 2280 M Key slot, SD card reader
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K60, DisplayPort up to 4K60, VGA
  • Audio – Line out & Mic input audio jacks
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi (via M.2 module)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
  • Serial – 1x RS232 port, 1x RS232/422/485 port supporting 5V/12V
  • Expansion – 1x M.2 2230 A/E key slot, Kensington lock hole
  • Misc – Power button, power and status LEDs
  • Power Supply – 40W
  • Dimensions  – 190 x 165 x 43 mm (metal case)
  • Weight – 1.5 kg
  • Certifications – CB,CE,BSMI,ETL,FCC,RCM,RoHS,VCCI

The fanless mini PC will support Windows 10 64-bit or Linux, and ship with a VESA mount. Optional accessories will include a stand for vertical operation, and a 19″ 2U rack mount front plate. Shuttle has not setup a product page yet, but some information could be derived from the product guide (in Russian).

Via Liliputing and FanlessTech

Intel Gemini Lake NUC7CJY/NUC7PJY Kits and Mini PC Specifications Released

January 31st, 2018 12 comments

Based on Intel NUC 2018/2019 roadmap published, we expected the first Intel Gemini Lake NUC mini PC to launch right at the end of 2017, but there’s been some delays. Since then we’ve learned Gemini Lake mini PC from third parties should launch around the end of March / beginning of April, and the official Intel GLK NUCs might launch around that time frame, or maybe a little earlier, because today, I’ve been informed the specifications for NUC7CJY/NUC7PJY kits and mini PC had been released on Intel website.

Both variants have basically the same specifications expect NUC7CJY comes with a Celeron processor, and NUC7PJY with a Pentium Silver processor:

  • SoC
    • Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYH / Intel NUC Mini PC NUC7CJYS –  Dual core Intel Celeron J4005 processor @ 2.0 GHz / 2.70 GHz (Turbo) with 4MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 600; up to 10 TDP
    • Intel NUC NUC7PJYH –  Quad core Intel Pentium Silver J5005 processor @ 1.5 GHz / 2.80 GHz (Turbo) with 4MB cahce, Intel HD Graphics 605; up to 10W TDP
  • System Memory
    • 2x SO-DIMM slots supporting DDR4 2133/2400 MHz SO-DIMMs, up to 8GB total.
    • NUC7CJYS only – 4 GB DDR4 2400 MHz SO-DIMM pre-installed
  • Storage
    • 1x SATA 6.0 Gbps port supporting 2.5″ SSD or HDD up to 9.5 mm thick
    • 1x full-sized SDCX slot
    • SPI flash device for Intel BIOS
    • NUC7CJYS only – 32 GB embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) onboard storage module
  • Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0a interfaces up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR support; Integrated HDMI CEC in “HDMI 1” port
  • Audio
    • Intel High Definition (Intel HD) Audio via the HDMI v2.0 interfaces supporting compressed 7.1digital audio
    • Realtek ALC233 HD Audio via a stereo microphone/headphone 3.5 mm jack on the front panel
    • Compressed 5.1digital audio through a mini-TOSLINK jack on the back panel
    • Digital microphone (DMIC) array header for support of digital voice assistants, such as Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa (dual digital array microphones included with Intel NUC Kits and Mini PC, but not board-only SKUs)
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet port using Realtek RTL8111H-CG controller
    • 802.11 ac 1×1 WiFi up to 433 Mbps + Bluetooth 5 via Intel Wireless-AC 9462-D2W module (soldered down)
  • USB
    • 2x USB 3.0 on front panel including one charging capable amber port,  2x USB 3.0 port via external back panel connectors
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports via 2x internal 4-pin 1.25mm pitch headers
  • Misc
    • Consumer Infrared (CIR)
    • Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) header
    • Front panel header
    • Hardware monitor subsystem – Based on ITE IT8987VG embedded controller with voltage sense, thermal sense, processor fan header, fan sense input, and simple fan speed control.
    • Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT) Generation 3
  • Power Supply
    • 19V DC input
    • Auxiliary power (AUX_PWR) – provides 1A of 5 VSB and DC IN power
  • Dimensions – 4″ x 4″ (101.60 x 101.60 mm)

The NUC kits and mini PC officially support Windows 10 Home or Pro. The NUC7CJYH and NUC7PJYH are barebone kits without storage, memory, nor operating systems, while NUC7CJYS is a complete mini PC with 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC flash with Windows 10 Home pre-installed. The Gemini Lake NUC are also said to support UEFI capable operating systems, so Linux distributions should work, at least eventually.

Other diagrams also reveal the mini PC will come with fan, an RTC battery…

… and provide a layout of the board.

  • F – Auxiliary power connector (AUX_PWR) (1.25 mm pitch)
  • G – Digital microphone array (DMICS) connector (1.25 mm pitch)
  • H – Intel Wireless-AC 9462-D2W wireless LAN module
  • I – RGB LED header (RGB_LED) (1.25 mm pitch)
  • J – Front panel header (1.25 mm pitch)
  • K – BIOS security jumper
  • L – SATA power connector (1.25 mm pitch)
  • N & P – Front panel single-port USB 2.0 connector (1.25 mm pitch)
  • O – HDD LED
  • X – Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) connector

You’ll find the full details in Intel NUC Products NUC7CJY/NUC7PJY Technical Product Specification (PDF).

ASRock Unveils J4105-ITX & J4105B-ITX Gemini Lake Mini-ITX Motherboards

January 19th, 2018 24 comments

We’ve already seen several Intel Gemini Lake mini PCs at CES 2018 from companies such as ZOTAC, MeLE or ECS, but if we exclude LattePanda Delta development board, I had not seen any motherboards with the latest low power Intel processors.

But today I found out ASRock had listed at least two Gemini Lake mini-ITX motherboards  on their website, namely J4105-ITX & J4105B-ITX, both powered by an Intel Celeron J4105 quad core Desktop processor.

ASRock J4105-ITX – Click to Enlarge

Both motherboards have similar specifications, except for some connectors and features:

  • SoC –  Intel Celeron J4105 quad core processor @ 1.50/2.5 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 up to 750 MHz; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x DDR4-2400/2100 SO-DIMM slots up to 8GB (2GB per module not supported)
  • Storage
    • 2x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
    • 128Mb NOR flash for AMI UEFI BIOS with GUI support
    • J4105-ITX only – 2x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors via ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
  • Video Output
    • J4105-ITX
      • D-Sub (VGA) up to 2048×1536 @ 60Hz
      • HDMI 2.0 up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 60Hz
      • DVI-D up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
    • J4105B-ITX
      • D-Sub (VGA) up to 2048×1536 @ 60Hz
      • HDMI up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 30Hz (Not sure why, since GLK processor should all support HDMI 2.0, maybe error in specs?)
  • Video
    • HW Acceleration Decode: HEVC (H.265) 8 bit, HEVC (H.265)10 bit, H.264 @ Lvl5.2 (AVC), JPEG/MJPEG, VP8, VP9 8bit, VP9 10 bit
    • HW Acceleration Encode: HEVC (H.265) 8 bit, HEVC (H.265)10 bit, H.264 @ Lvl5.2 (AVC), JPEG/MJPEG, VP8, VP9 8bit
  • Audio
    • J4105-ITX
      • 7.1 CH HD Audio with content protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
      • Premium Blu-ray Audio support
      • 1x Optical SPDIF Out Port
      • HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
    • J4105B-ITX
      • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec)
      • HD Audio Jacks: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
    • Supports Surge Protection, and comes with ELNA Audio Caps
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet via Realtek RTL8111H with Wake-On-LAN, Lightning/ESD Protection, 802.3az, and PXE support
  • USB ports
    •  J4105-ITX – 2x USB 2.0 ports (with ESD Protection); 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports (with ESD protection)
    • J4105B-ITX – 1x USB 2.0 Port (with ESD Protection); 3x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (with ESD Protection)
  • Expansion Slots
    • 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
    • J4105-ITX only – 1x M.2 Socket (Key E), supports type 2230 WiFi/BT module and Intel CNVi (Integrated WiFi/BT)
  • Internal headers and connectors:
    • 1x COM Port Header
    • 1x Chassis Intrusion and Speaker Header
    • 1x CPU Fan Connector (3-pin)
    • 1x Chassis Fan Connector (3-pin)
    • 1x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
    • 1x Front Panel Audio Connector
    • 2x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 3 or 4 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
  • Misc
    • J4105-ITX – 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, hardware monitor (temperature, fan control, and voltage)
    • J4105B-ITX – 1x PS/2 mouse/keyboard combo port, 1x parallel Port (ECP/EPP Support), 1x serial port (COM1),
  • Dimensions – 17.0 cm x 17.0 cm (mini-ITX form factor)
  • Certifications – FCC, CE, ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply required)

ASRock J4105-ITX – Click to Enlarge

So J4105-ITX motherboard supports up to three monitors, comes with four SATA ports, better audio support, and an M.2 socket for wireless modules, while J4105B-ITX supports dual display setup, comes with less SATA ports (two), but includes serial and parallel ports, and more USB 3.0 ports

Both support Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit (no word about Linux), and come with ASRock software and UEFI features such as Power Gear, XFast LAN, Instant Flash, and Internet Flash which can be download from ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.

J4105-ITX (Top) vs J4105B-ITX (Bottom) – Click to Enlarge

The motherboards will ship with a support CD including drivers, utilities, an AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome browser and toolbar, a quick installation guide, and an I/O shield. J4105-ITX model also includes a screw for the M.2 socket.

Availability and pricing are unknown at this stage, but I’d expect the motherboards to launch at the same time as mini PCs that is at the end of March, or in Q2 2018. Visit the product pages here and there for more details.

Via AndroidPC.es

ECS LIVA Z2, LIVA Q2 & LIVA One SoC Gemini Lake Mini PCs Introduced at CES 2018

January 14th, 2018 9 comments

ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) was another company introducing their Gemini Lake mini PC at CES 2018, or as they call them “ultra-compact form-factor” (UCFF)  PCs. They had three models with two upgrade from Apollo Lake systems: LIVA Z2 & LIVA Q2, and another system called “LIVA One SoC” which instead offers an entry-level version of their barebone LIVA One mini PC based on Core i3/i5/i7 processors.

ECS LIVA Z2

Click to Enlarge – Source: FanlessTech

LIVA Z2 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Gemini Lake processor
  • System Memory – 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
  • Storage – 32 or 64GB eMMC flash, 1x 2.5″ SSD/HDD bay
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4 ports (dual HDMI)
  • Audio Output – Via HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, digital microphone
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 19V/3.42A
  • Dimensions – 117 x 128 x 51 mm

Source: FanlessTech

The mini PC will support Windows 10 as well as Linux distributions, and be available in May for $225 with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, no OS, and $240 with Windows 10.

ECS LIVA Q2

Source: Hardwareluxx

If you want something more compact then LIVA Q2 is what you’re looking for. Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N4000 dual core Gemini Lake processor with 12EU UHD Graphics 600; 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 2 or 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32 or 64GB eMMC flash, micro SD slot up to 128 GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 1x USB 3.1 Gen port, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 x 33.4 mm

Source: Anandtech

ECS LIVA Q2 will be available earlier than the Z2 model, since it’s expected to launch in March for $164 with 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, no OS, and around $180 with Windows 10.

ECS LIVA One SoC

Click to Enlarge – Source: Hardwareluxx

LIVA One SoC is more flexbile, and looks like a mini PC tower rather than your typical mini PC. Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Pentium Silver J5005 or Celeron J4005/J4105 Gemini Lake processor with 12EU or 18EU UHD Graphics 600/605; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 1x DDR4 SO-DIMM slot
  • Storage – 2x 2.5″ SSD/HDD bays, 1x M.2 2242/2280 SSD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 + DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 + D-Sub (VGA)
  • Audio Output – Via HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm microphone jack, and 3.5mm Line IN jack or S/DPIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports (but brochure at CES 2018 shows 4x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x USB 2.0).
  • Misc – Power button, COM port, 1x PS/2 keyboard + mouse port
  • Power Supply – 19V/3.16A
  • Dimensions – 199.4x 188.3 x 45 mm

The specifications are not completely frozen so the company may still decide to do changes to the external ports. The model is only shown to be running Windows 10, but I don’t see why it could not support Linux too. It will not benefit from dual channel memory like LIVA Z2 model since there’s only one SO-DIMM slot.

LIVA One SoC is expected to launch in April, but price has not been disclosed/discussed.

Via Anandtech & Hardwareluxx (Note: I used CES 2018 photos from the latter for specifications, which may explain some of the discrepancies with the specs listed on Anandtech)

MeLE PCG63-APL4 Fanless Gemini Lake Mini PC To Launch in Q2 2018

January 10th, 2018 12 comments

Gemini Lake mini PCs are being announced at CES 2018, and we can expect them to sell in Q2 2018 for a price similar to Apollo Lake models all other features being equal. We’ve already seen ZOTAC ZBOX PI226 & PI336, ASUS unveiled their PN40 mini PC with few details, and of course Intel’s own GLK NUCs should be brought to market soon enough.

MeLE has made some decent Apollo Lake mini PCs in the past year with their PCG35 Apo and PCG03 Apo models, so it’s no surprise the company is now showcasing their upcoming PCG63-APL4 based on Gemini Lake processors at CES 2018.MeLE PCG63-APL4 specifications:

  • SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Celeron J4005 dual core Gemini Lake processor up to 2.0/2.7 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 @ up to 700 MHz; 10W TDP
    • Intel Celeron J4105 quad core Gemini Lake processor up to 1.5/2.5 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 @ up to 750 MHz; 10W TDP
    • Intel Pentium J5005 quad core Gemini Lake processor up to 1.5/2.8 GHz with 18EU Intel UHD Graphics 605 @ up to 800 MHz; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – Up to 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, M.2 SSD slot (40 and 80mm), SATA slot for 2.5″ HDD/SSD, SD card slot
  • Display – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz, VGA
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, audio output via HDMI
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.1 type C port, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Security lock, power button, window for IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V via power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – TBD

PCG63-APL4 is quite a confusing as it sounds a like “Apollo Lake 4”, using something like PCG63-GLK1 may have more sense.

The complains said they plan to support both Windows 10 or Ubuntu, but last year, they completely ignored Ubuntu, and AFAICR did not launch any Ubuntu models, like they did in 2016. Mass production is scheduled to start at the end of March 2018, which probably means sales will start in early Q2 2018. No pricing info was provided.

Via Liliputing

ZOTAC ZBOX PICO PI226 & PI336 Gemini Lake Mini PCs Unveiled with Celeron N4000/N4100 Processor

January 9th, 2018 4 comments

ZOTAC is now showcasing their first Gemini Lake based mini PCs at CES 2018 with ZBOX PICO PI226 & PI336 models powered respectively by an Intel Celeron N4000 dual core processor, and Intel Celeron N4100 quad core processor.

ZBOX ZBOX PICO PI226

The model is similar to ZOTAC PI225 reviewed by Linuxium a few weeks ago, and the company had to disable turbo mode in PI225 in order to keep temperature under control. The company placed it in the VESA mount for the event, and at first I though it may help with cooling, but Linuxium (see comments) tried with PI225, and heat dissipation was not improved.

ZOTAC PI226 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N4000 dual core Gemini Lake processor up to 1.1/2.6 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 @ up to 650 MHz; 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, micro SD card
  • Display – Via provided USB-C to HDMI 1.4 adapter
  • Connectivity – 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 type C ports
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 9.65 x 6.35 x 0.76 cm

That model does not really leverage Gemini Lake new features like native HDMI 2.0 since it will ship with a USB-C to HDMI 1.4 adapter, and it’s quite possibly turbo mode is disabled due to the ultra-compact form factor, which should be the main selling point.

ZOTAC has not published any information online yet, so I got all my information from Brad Linder’s Liliputing website since he is now at CES 2018, and the company told him pricing will be similar to the Apollo Lake model (PI225), or around $200 when it starts selling in Q2 2018.

ZOTAC ZBOX PICO PI336

 

This model is more traditional with Ethernet, HDMI, and all ports you’d expect from a mini PC.

ZOTAC PI336 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N4100 quad core Gemini Lake processor up to 1.1/2.4 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600; @ up to 700 MHz; 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, micro SD card
  • Display – HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack, output via HDMI/DP
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A via power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – N/A

The fanless PI336 mini PC is also expected to launch in Q2 2018 for about the same price as PI335 Apollo Lake model, or just under $200.

Brad shot a video with ZBOX lineup for 2018 including the Gemini Lake models above, and others more powerful computers..