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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.

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).

Intel NUC Roadmap 2018 – 2019 – Gemini Lake, Coffee Lake, and Kaby Lake H

September 20th, 2017 16 comments

Intel’s new generation of Gemini Lake and Coffee Lake processors is expected to launch at the end of this year, beginning of next, and this morning I received Intel’s NUC roadmap that gives a good idea of what’s coming in 2018 and 2019.

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Intel plans a whole new generation of NUCs from “Hades Canyon VR” NUCxi7HVK model with a 100W Intel Core i7-xxxxK Kaby Lake-H processor to “June Canyon Celeron” NUC7CJYH model with a 10W Intel Celeron J4005 dual core “Gemini Lake” processor. All in all a total of 7 new NUCs should be launching in 2018.

Let’s have a closer look at the cheaper and lower power Gemini Lake models, starting with “June Canyon Celeron” NUC7CJYH specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J4005 dual core GLK processor (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2x DDR4-2400 slots for up to 8GB RAM
  • Storage – M.2 SSD slot, SDXC slot
  • Display – 2x HDMI 2.0a ports supporting up to two independent displays
  • Audio – front stereo headset, rear stereo out / TOSLINK
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (TBC), 802.11ac 1×1 WiFi and Bluetooth 5

Intel “June Canyon Pentium” NUC7PJYH model has exactly the same specifications, except for the Intel Pentium J5005 quad core processor with 10W TDP. Both models are expected to launch in Q1 2018.

An interesting aspect of the more powerful NUCs based on Coffee Lake/Kaby Lake H processors is that they all come with one or two ThunderBolt 3 interfaces, and support Optane memory.

Intel NUC6CAYS NUC Powered by Celeron J3455 Apollo Lake Processor is now Available for $233

January 12th, 2017 5 comments

Intel unveiled plans for two Apollo Lake NUCs, respectively NUC6CAYS & NUC6CAYH, in summer 2016. The former comes with 2GB memory and 32GB storage with Windows 10 Home preloaded, while the latter is a barebone system. The company has now started to sell the Windows 10 models on Amazon US for $232.99 with free shipping (if you happen to live in the US).

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Here’s a quick reminder of the main specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J3455 quad core processor @ 1.5 GHz to 2.3 GHz (burst) with 12EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 250 to 700 MHz (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM RAM, upgradeable up to 8GB DDR3L-1866
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, 2.5″ SATA3 bay for 9.5mm hard drives or SSDs, SDXC slot with UHS-I support
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz, VGA
  • Audio – Up to 7.1 channels via HDMI, 3.5mm front headset jack, 3.5mm rear speaker/TOSLINK combo jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), 802.11ac 1×1 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x front USB 3.0 ports at the front (yellow one for charging), 2x rear USB 3.0 ports, 2x internal USB 2.0 ports via header
  • Misc – IR receiver, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 12~19V DC input (65W wall-wart power supply included)
  • Dimensions – 115 x 111 x 51 (plastic casing with inner metal structure)

Intel-NUC-HDMI-2.0-VGAYou’ll find more detailed specifications here. Intel won’t be the only company launching Apollo Lake mini PCs, as there are a few other models in the pipeline coming from China and other countries. If you are interested in Linux, note that one person managed to get hold of Voyo VMac with the intention of replacing Windows 10 by Linux, but could not as the bootloader is allegedly locked to Windows. This will most probably not be an issue on Intel Apollo Lake NUCs, but it’s possibly something to check first if you plan to purchase mini PCs from other brands and want to run Linux.

Another caveat to be aware of if you’d like to use the NUC as an HTPC is that the chip required for HDMI 2.0 output on Apollo Lake platforms may filter out some signals, and HDMI audio pass-through may or may not work perfectly.

Via NUC Blog and Liliputing

Full Specifications for Intel Apollo Lake NUC Mini PC’s NUC6CAYB Board Released

December 5th, 2016 6 comments

Intel unveiled Intel NUC6CAYS & NUC6CAYH NUCs to be powered by Intel Celeron “Apollo Lake” Jxxx processors, but at the time we did not have the full technical specifications. The company has now published a 66-page technical product specification for NUC6CAYB board used in both mini PCs.

intel-apollo-lake-nuc-connectorsIntel NUC Board NUC6CAYB specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J3455 quad core processor @ 1.5 GHz to 2.3 GHz (burst) with 12EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 250 to 700 MHz supporting DirectX 9.3/10/11.1/12, OpenCL 1.2, OGLES 3.0, OpenGL 4.3 (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2x DDR3L-1600/1833 SO-DIMM supporting up to 8GB DDR3L-1866 in total
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash (Sandisk, Hynix or Samsung depending on your luck), 2.5″ SATA3 bay for hard drives up to 9.5mm thick, SDXC slot with UHS-I support
  • Video Output –
    • HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60 Hz) with HDMI CEC via MegaChips MCDP2800-BCT DisplayPort 1.2a to HDMI 2.0 Level
      Shifter/Protocol Converter
    • VGA via ITE IT6516BFN DisplayPort to VGA bridge
  • Audio – Up to 7.1 channels via HDMI, 3.5mm headset jack, 3.5mm rear speaker/TOSLINK combo jack; digital microphone (DMIC) array; Realtek ALC283 HD Audio codec
  • Video Capabilities
    • Video Decode – H.265/HEVC @ Level 5.1, H.264 @ Level 5.2, MPEG2, MVC, VC-1, WMV9, JPEG, VP8 and VP9 formats
    • Video Encode – H.265/HEVC @ Level 4, H.264 @ Level 5.2, JPEG, MVC, VP8 and VP9 formats
    • Content Protection – High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 1.4/2.0 and PAVP 2.0.
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111HN), Intel Wireless AC-3168 M.2 module for 802.11ac 1×1 WiFi up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2 with internal antennas
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports on the front panel (yellow one for charging other devices even when the NUC is powered off), 2x rear USB 3.0 ports, 2x internal USB 2.0 ports via header; 1x USB port reversed for M.2 2230 type E module
  • Expansion – 1x M.2 Module supporting M.2 2230 cards (key type E) (prepopulated with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 module)
  • Misc – Consumer Infrared (CIR), Kensington key lock hole, hardware monitoring subsystem based on ITE IT8987D embedded controller (voltage, temperature, fan control)
  • Power Supply – 12 to 19V DC input
  • Dimensions – Board: 101.6 x 101.6mm; NUC: 151 x 111 x 51 (plastic casing with inner metal structure)
Intle Apollo Lake NUC Block Diagram - Click to Enlarge

Intle Apollo Lake NUC Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

The board will be used in NUC6CAYH Kit with power adapter, no memory, no eMMC, no OS, as well as NUC6CAYS Kit with power adapter, preinstalled with 2GB 1600MHz SO-DIMM, and 32GB eMMC with Microsoft Windows 10 Home.

The specifications mention that Microsoft Windows 10 Home and Microsoft Windows 10 Pro operating systems are supports, and that “other operating system (OS) support may be available”. It’s very likely Linux be supported, and if you plan to run Linux the barebone kit is probably more suitable albeit you’ll lose the eMMC flash, and instead would have to install the OS on a SATA SSD or hard drive.

The other things that’s unclear right now are the price and availability for the new NUCs, but the wait should be almost over.

Via Liliputing and NUC Blog

Intel Apollo Lake NUC6CAYS & NUC6CAYH NUC mini PCs Specifications Released

July 15th, 2016 16 comments

Intel Apollo Lake is the next generation of low power processor family that should replace Braswell Celeron processors, and Fanlesstech got hold of the specifications for two upcoming “Arches Canyon” NUC6CAYS and NUC6CAYH NUCs (Next Unit of Computing) mini PCs based on the processors, as well as the 2016-2018 roadmap for the complete (consumer grade) Intel NUC family.

Intel_Apollo_Lake_mini_PCThe only differences between the two models are that NUC6CAYH is a barebone model without memory or storage, nor operating system. So I’ll just list NUC6CAYS specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron Jxxx quad core processor @ x GHz to y GHz (burst) with Intel HD graphics up to z MHz (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L-xxxx SO-DIMM (dual channel), upgradeable up to 8GB DDR3L-1866
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, 2.5″ SATA3 bay for 9.5mm hard drives, SDXC slot with UHS-I support
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60 Hz), VGA
  • Audio – Up to 7.1 channels via HDMI, 3.5mm headset jack, 3.5mm rear speaker/TOSLINK combo jacl
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), Intel Wireless AC-316x M.2 module for 802.11ac 1×1 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 with internal antennas
  • USB – 2x front USB 3.0 ports at the front (yellow one for charging), 2x rear USB 3.0 ports, 2x internal USB 2.0 ports via header
  • Misc – IR receiver, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 12~19V DC input (65W wall-wart power supply included)
  • Dimensions – 115 x 111 x 51 (plastic casing with inner metal structure)

Intel_Apollo_Lake_NUCNUC6AYS will include Windows 10 Home x64 and Intel Remote Keyboard. Other features include multi-color front panel LED light ring, built-in dual array microphones, VESA mounting plate, front-panel and AUX_PWR internal headers. The NUCs will come with a 3 year warranty. Intel does not appear ready to give the complete SKU and operating frequency of the processors, but the good news is that Apollo Lake will be the first low power Intel processors to support HDMI 2.0 allowing for 4K output at 60 Hz.

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The 2016-2018 NUC roadmap above was also “leaked” with more powerful Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 NUCs. The first Apollo Lake NUC will be released in Q4 2016 with Windows 10, and the barebone version in Q1 2017.

Compulab fit-Uptime is a 12V mini UPS for Intel NUCs, fit-PCs, and More

October 22nd, 2015 6 comments

Power failures can cause loss of data, or if you are unlucky even brick your devices, and for business users there may be a maintenance cost. UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) prevent those issues by providing power when the mains fail, and while they are relatively inexpensive, they are quite bulky. That’s probably Compulab designed fit-Uptime a mini UPS taking 12 to 19V input and outputting 12V to keep mini PCs such as the company’s fit-PCs or Intel NUCs for a couple of hours.

fit-uptimefit-Uptime specifications:

  • Capacity – 18 watt hour
  • Input: DC 12V to 19V
  • Output on battery – DC 12V / 5A
  • Output when powered – 12V to 19V (same as input) / 5A
  • Battery – Lithium polymer built-in non-replaceable (good for up to three hours)
  • Dimensions – 6.8 cm (l) x 8 cm (w) x 3.2 cm (h); Power jack: 5.5mm x 2.5mm barrel
  • Weight – 240g
Typical UPS vs fit-Uptime with Minbox and Intel NUC

Typical UPS vs fit-Uptime with Minbox and Intel NUC

The mini UPS works with Compulab fitlet, IPC1/2, fit-PC3/4, Intel NUC (12V and 19V models), and other mini PCs that can take 12V input and require less than 5A.  Such solution is ideal for headless applications, as a monitor would turn off during power failures if it does not have itself a power backup. I guess you could always press a key to enter sleep or hibernate mode to prolong the duration of the backup, and wait until the power comes back.

Many low power mini PCs are however powered by 5V, and Compulab does not have a solution for this yet, but there are already 5V/2A mini UPS on Aliexpress selling for less than $25, but since the battery capacity is not listed is unclear how long they are supposed to last. They are mostly targeting devices like routers, IP cameras, and so on, but should also be fine with most Android mini PCs and Intel Atom Z3735F based devices.

Compulab fit-Uptime can be pre-ordered for $68 per unit with shipping starting in November, and includes a 5-year warranty. More details may be found on Compulab’s fit-Uptime product page.

Intel Introduces Braswell NUCs with Celeron N3050 and Pentium N3700 Processors

May 26th, 2015 11 comments

Intel has already announced several Braswell processors as successors for Bay Trail-M processor with 4 to 6W TDP and 14nm manufacturing process. Two of these, namely Intel Celeron N3050 (dual core) and Pentium 3700 (quad core), have fund their way into the latest Intel NUCs that are currently listed for $140 and $180 in the US with the official release date fixed on June 8.

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The dual core version is called NUC5CPYH, while the quad core is NUC5PPYH. Both share the following specs:

  • Processor
    • Intel Celeron N3050 dual core processor @ up to 2.16 GHz with 2MB cache, Intel HD Graphics @ 600 MHz max, 6W TDP
    • Intel Pentium N3700 quad core processor @ up to 2.4 GHz with 2MB cache, Intel HD Graphics @ 700 MHZ max, 6W TDP
  • Memory – 1x DDR3L SODIMM 1.35V, 1333/1600 MHz up to 8GB maximum
  • Storage – 1x SATA @ 6.0 Gbps for 2.5¨ HDD or SSD up to 9.5mm thick, 1x SDXC slot
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.4b, 1x optional VGA port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI audio, 3.5mm jack for microphone/headphone, and mini optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port (Realtel 8111HN), Dual band Wireless-AC 3165 module installed in M.2 slot supporting 802.11ac up to 433Mbps, 1×1 WiFi, and dual mode Bluetooth 4.0.
  • USB – 2 x USB 3.0 port on the front panel (including an Orange one that is charging capable), 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel, 2x USB 2.0 internal ports with one reserved for M.2 module.
  • Misc – Front panel consumer IR sensor, Kensington lock support, power button, LEDs, RTC + battery
  • Power Supply – 19V
  • Dimensions – 101.6mm x 101.6mm

Intel_NUC_Celeron_N3050The mini PC comes with a fan, so if you are looking for a fanless system, you’ll need to find something else. Intel NUC do not come with memory and storage, so you’d probably need to add around $100 to the prices listed above to get a fully working system. Benchmark results don’t seem to be available for these recent Braswell processors.

Via Liliputing and FanlessTech