Thursday 30 May 2019

'Austin Beach': Intel's Compute Element Fanless NUC

With Intel's announcement today of the NUC Compute Element [1], drawing a long bow may lead to two observations: firstly Intel is using the halo effect of 'NUC' to overcome the presumed horn effect of 'Compute' from the recently cancelled Compute Card products [2]; secondly a passively cooled NUC is to be launched and become part of the NUC's ongoing product family [3].
The Intel NUC Compute Element enables an industry standard for modular compute through a device that incorporates an Intel CPU, memory, connectivity and other components and is capable of powering solutions like laptops, kiosks, smart TVs, appliances and more [1]. At first glance it almost seems the same as the aforementioned Compute Card except that instead of being a fully-enclosed, gadgety card, the NUC Compute Element looks and acts a lot more like a computer part, right down to its exposed connector. Intel claims the changes reduce its footprint inside other devices and also increases the I/O options on tap [4]. Significantly whilst the Compute Card's sealed design and extra durability added nominally to the card cost it added about $50 to each unit on the OEM side to incorporate the module which stunted its adoption [5]. Intel goes on to further emphasise that the NUC Compute Element delivers incredible performance and amazing connectivity at a low cost while making it easy to integrate, upgrade and service computing in next-generation devices [1].

Intel concluded their announcement by stating that the initial NUC Compute Element will be available with a range of processors, including versions with Intel vPro™ technology for increased security and manageability and that products based on the Intel NUC Compute Element are expected to be in market in the first half of 2020 [1]. Interestingly this provides credibility to an earlier leaked product map:

Thursday 23 May 2019

Intel's 'Islay Canyon' NUCs Announced

Built for casual gaming and home entertainment

Introducing the first Intel® NUC with 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and Radeon* 540X discrete graphics for all your gaming and entertainment needs. Play casual games, binge watch the latest series, or stream digital music like never before with a quad-core processor that delivers 2x faster performance.


  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8565U/i5-8265U Whiskey Lake processor
  • AMD Radeon* 540X discrete graphics with 2 GB GDDR5 graphics memory
  • 8 GB dual-channel LPDDR3-1866 (soldered down)
  • 16 GB Intel® Optane™ memory 1 TB SATA3 HDD/256 GB SSD
  • HDMI* 2.0b and Mini DisplayPort* 1.2
  • Windows® 10 Home Operating System


Choose an Intel® NUC that’s right for you – accelerate performance with Intel® Optane™ memory paired with a high capacity HDD to load the next game level up to 4.7x faster, or get efficient reliability with an SSD with no moving parts so bumps and drops won’t damage your drive.


NUC8i7INHJA/NUC8i7INHJPA - $770.00
NUC8i7INHX - $599.00
NUC8i5INHJA/NUC8i5INHPA - $663.00
NUC8i5INHX - $492.00


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