Intel is developing a new small form-factor desktop computer powered by 10-watt Intel Celeron or Pentium Silver “Jasper Lake” processor options. Code-named “Atlas Canyon,” the new system will be known as the NUC 11 Essential and while Intel hasn’t officially announced the new product yet, FanlessTech has the details from what looks like an official product info slide.
Update: Intel’s Atlas Canyon mini PCs officially launched in January, 2022.
Speaking of fanless technology, the Intel NUC 11 Essentially will be actively cooled. But some third-party vendors have a history of offering aftermarket fanless cases for Intel NUC systems, allowing you to remove the fan for silent operation. That’s even easier to do on low-power models like this.
According to the spec sheet, the new system measures about 5.3″ x 4.5″ x 1.4″ and has room inside the case for up to 16GB of DDR4-2933 dual-channel memory and M.2 2280 keys for PCIe x4 NVMe or SATA SSDs. There’s no drive bay for a hard drive with this model, but Intel will offer some models with 64GB of eMMC storage built in.
- 1 x HDMI 2.0b
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
- 4 x USB 3.1 Type-A
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 2 x 3.5mm audio (mic and headphone)
- Gigabit Ethernet
The computer also features WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 and there’s a 9-pin front panel header that could be used to provide configurable port options.
At the heart of the computer will be one of three processor options:
- Intel Pentium Silver J6005 (4-cores/4-thread, 2 GHz base/3.3 GHz boost, 900 MHz Intel UHD graphics)
- Intel Celeron J5105 (4-cores/4-thread, 2 GHz base/2.9 GHz boost, 800 MHz Intel UHD graphics)
- Intel Celeron J4505 (2-cores/2-thread, 2 GHz base/2.7 GHz boost, 750 MHz Intel UHD graphics)
These chips are 10nm processors that feature CPU cores based on Intel’s Tremont architecture, and they’re expected to bring up to a 35-percent performance boost over previous-gen “Gemini Lake Refresh” processors.
Unfortunately the Atlas Canyon NUC isn’t expected to ship until the beginning of 2022. The global chip shortage may be at least partially to blame for that.
In the meantime, you may be able to find mini PCs with Jasper Lake chips from other PC makers. One Chinese company called Newsday Technology has already introduced one.
Anything named Canyon will leave you far from the where you are, and where you trying to get to.
I was thinking of replacing my J5005 Nuc.
However, I’m a bit disappointed that Intel didn’t add AV1 video decoding support to Jasper Lake. I’m gonna hold off on upgrading until AV1 decoding is supported on something cheaper than an i3.
It’s also unfortunate to see them killing the 2.5″ drive bay, but honestly I can live without it.
It’s more of a global silicon wafer shortage, particularly from the perspective of the people making the chips.
There really aren’t enough.
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