Monday July 18, 2016

Intel Readies New NUCs Based On Kaby Lake And Apollo Lake SoCs

Fans of Intel’s tiny-PC effort should be pleased to know that new models are releasing in late 2016 and early 2017. The Core-based Baby Canyon NUC will serve as the mainstream model with its higher performance, while the Celeron-powered Arches Canyon NUC will be lesser powered but still fully capable of tasks such as 4K video playback.

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The upcoming Intel NUC systems are code-named Baby Canyon and Arches Canyon, according to the slides published by FanlessTech. The Baby Canyon PCs will be powered by Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake-U SoCs, whereas the Arches Canyon will feature the company’s Apollo Lake chips. The new systems will complement and then eventually replace current-gen NUCs running Broadwell, Braswell and Skylake processors. Meanwhile, Intel’s top-of-the-range code-named Skull Canyon NUCfeaturing the high-end Core i7-6700HQ processor (quad-core with Hyper-Threading, 6 MB LLC, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 with 72 EUs and eDRAM, etc.) will not be replaced at least until late 2017.