Intel has introduced its first tiny desktop computer to use passive cooling. The Intel NUC DE3815TYKHE measures 7.5″ x 4.6″ x 1.6″ and uses a combination of low-power components and passive heat dissipation so that it doesn’t require any fans.
The system isn’t exactly a high-performance PC. It’s powered by a single-core Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and it’s aimed at enterprise solutions such as thin client systems or digital signage rather than home use.
But folks who prefer low-power, quiet solutions over bleeding edge performance might be able to make do. The mini-computer officially supports Windows 8 Embedded, Windows 7 Embedded, and Linux, but it has an x86 processor that should work with most modern operating systems.
The Intel NUC DE3815TYKHE features a 1.46 GHz Intel Atom E3815 processor with 5W TDP. It can handle up to 8GB of RAM, has 4GB of eMMC storage and support for a 2.5 inch hard drive or solid state drive.
The system has 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 3 internal USB 2.0 ports. It has HDMI and VGA ports, DisplayPort, and Gigabit Ethernet. There are also antennas for an optional wireless card.
This isn’t the first Intel NUC mini-computer to feature a Bay Trail processor. But earlier models featured active cooling systems with fans and more powerful chips aimed at both business and consumer markets.
via Fanless Tech