Intel is updating its NUC line of mini desktop computers this year with new models including the “Hades Canyon” gaming model (with AMD graphics), an upcoming “Bean Canyon” model sporting 8th-gen Intel Coffee Lake chips, and a new entry-level set of “June Canyon” computers with low-power Celeron and Pentium chips based on the new Gemini Lake architecture.

Those June Canyon models will likely be the first to hit the streets, and Intel has posted technical specs for the new NUC7CJY NUC kit to its website.

There’s also mention of a NUC7JYB board, which is basically the motherboard and processor without the case, memory, or storage.

In a nutshell, what we’re looking at is a 4″ x 4″ motherboard with a soldered 10 watt processor. Systems will be available with a choice of a Celeorn J4005 dual-core processor with Intel HD 600 graphics or a Pentium Silver J5005 quad-core chip with Intel HD 605 graphics.

June Canyon PCs will be able to support up to 8GB of DDR4-2133 or DDR4-2400 memory with two SODIMM slots. The NUC7CJY kit is also said to come with 4GB of RAM preinstalled, as well as 32GB of eMMC flash storage.

Other features include:

  • 2.5 inch drive bay for HDD or SSD
  • SD card slot
  • 2 HDMI 2.0a ports (4k60 support
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • mini TOSLINK jack for 5.1 channel audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11ac WiFI
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • dual digital mic array for far-field voice detection

It’s not clear if all June Canyon models will have the 2.5 inch drive bay: Intel typically offers short and tall versions of its NUC systems, with the short models using M.2 SSDs only and the taller models having support for laptop-style hard drives.

Pictures included in the document also make it clear that the June Canyon NUC may be low power, but it’s not fanless. There’s a fan placed over the motherboard to keep the system from overheating during use.

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7 replies on “Intel June Canyon NUC specs released (Gemini Lake mini PCs)”

  1. I’m a little disappointed this doesn’t support msata or M.2. Are my expectations too high?

    1. Very likely Intel will release smaller variant too, which support M.2 only. I would still use SSD with lower power consumption (with 1.2V DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM, and 14nm+ feature on CPU/GPU will get you energy savings, compared to Apollo Lake NUC)

      Anyway, June Canyon is really worth to upgrade.

      1. What SSD do you recommend?

        I’ve been looking a bit into it cos I’m interested on a really low power NUC, and M.2 SSD’s consume a lot of watts (5-6W) when active, but not so much when idle. In the meanwhile, regular SATA SSD’s consume almost double in idle than M.2 (I guess because of their interface and not being as streamlined as M.2 drives are, but being in idle the difference is minuscule anyway), but much less power when active (1,2W or so, I guess because of their speed difference).

        At first I was all about an M.2 drive, but maybe I’ll go with a SATA one. I’m not obsessed over drive speed, they consume less overall (cos a hard disk is rarely idle), and they’re way cheaper. As a bonus, they generate less heat as well (M.2 drives are known for getting preeeeetty hot. In fact, I have a heatsink mounted into the one of my main PC).

    1. Sadly they’re still not out. And it’s about ^%$@#ing time they release them already 😛

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