This week Intel has announced launch of their new NUC chassis and board alternatives for fanless systems, which were previously named Dawson Canyon.
The newly updated NUCs include Intel’s 7th Gen Core i3 ( 7100U, 3 MB cache, up to 2.4 GHz) or Core i5 (7300U, 3 MB cache, up to 3.5 GHz) low-power processors (15 W), and are available as chassis or board-only packages depending on your preferences.
Specifications include a UCFF board (4″ x 4″) with a soldered-down BGA package, up to 32 GB DDR4 2133 1.2V SO-DIMM (x2 DIMM support), up to 4 USB ports (2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0), 2x full-size HDMI 2.0. Network connections are provided by Intel’s i219-LM 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet chip as well as an Intel Wireless-AC 8265 (IEEE 802.11ac 2×2) solution.
The Tech Power Up website explains more :
There’s support for M.2 solutions (PCIe x4: M.2 22×80 [key M] slot PCIe x1: M.2 22×30 [key E] slot) as well as Intel’s Optane, should you opt for increased storage amount with an HDD but with improved speeds through Intel’s caching technology. Expect fanless solutions to hit the market based on this platform soon, and due to the availability of these Dawson Canyon NUCs in board-state only, expect some standalone chassis to crop up as well.