Intel may be hitting pause  on its Compute Stick line of products to focus on a new Compute Card form factor. But it looks like the company’s mini PC plans for the next few years continues to include Intel NUC mini-desktops.

A leaked product roadmap published by CNX Software shows Intel’s plans for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

So what’s next? Unsurprisingly, new NUC computers featuring Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake and Gemini Lake processors. But we can also expect some systems with high-power Core i7 Kaby-Lake H processors and support for discrete graphics.

Those new high-end systems may serve as a replacement for Intel’s current “Skull Canyon” NUC aimed at folks looking for a compact gaming machine. Sticking with the metal-sounding codenames, the new systems are called “Hades Canyon,” and “Hades Canyon VR.” They should launch in the second quarter of 2018.

Models with Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 Coffee Lake-U chips are code-named “Bean Canyon,” are coming in Q3, 2018.

And Intel apparently plans to start off the year with the launch of its new “June Canyon” NUC featuring Intel Celeron J4005 and Pentium J5005 chip options as part of the upcoming Gemini Lake line of low-power, low-cost chips that follow up Intel’s current Apollo Lake lineup.

Here are some of the things that make each upcoming NUC model stand out:

  • Hades Canyon – up to 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, support for up to 6 displays, Intel Optane ready, 32GB max RAM, up to 100W TDP
  • Bean Canyon – 1 Thunderbolt 3 port, up to 3 displays, Optane ready, 32GB RAM max, up to 28 W TDP
  • June Canyon – Up to 2 displays, 8GB RAM max, 10W TDP

You can find more details at CNX Software, and keep in mind that this is a preliminary, leaked product roadmap. Things could change in the coming months and years.

Updates:

Intel NUC mini PC with 8th-gen Intel Core CPU and Radeon graphics coming soon

Intel June Canyon NUC with Gemini Lake coming soon (and other Intel mini PC news)

 

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6 replies on “Leaked Intel NUC roadmap lays out plans through 2019”

  1. Hades Canyon, quad-core NUC with a discrete GPU? Yes please! I just hope it’s not just support for an external GPU (which the current Skull Canyon has via TB3).

  2. Also found that GLK support eDP 1.4 (support added with Gen9.5 HD GPU), along with VP9 10-bit + VP9 encoding, I really start think that GLK will get HD 6xx series, instead of older 5xx HD series.

  3. I wish there was an ARM alternative to NUCs. Quad-core a53 just doesn’t cut it.

    1. Yeh I agree. I really like the NUC and it fits one of my needs, but I would love an 8-core arm box with a 2.5″ sata bay.

      It would be great to use as a media box.

      1. There’s some Android TV Boxes around for that. However, many use A53 or even A17 cores.

        It would be nice to have a Quad-core A73 like the Kirin 960, or Exynos 8890. Or even just a dualcore A72 for a change.

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