Specs for Intel’s NUC 8 rugged mini PC and 3.5-inch dashboard have been released. The fanless NUC 8, code-named Chaco Canyon, runs Windows or Linux on low-power (6W TDP) dual-core and 1.1 GHz/2.4GHz Celeron N3350 from Apollo Lake with dual HDMI ports, 4GB RAM, soldered down 64GB eMMC, and M.2 22 x 80 key M slot for PCIe x4 NVMe.
The recently revealed mini PC designed for greater reliability has a ventless design for minimizing particle intrusion, a wide-range DC input (12-24V) with transient voltage suppression, compliance with EMC/RF standards, a delayed AC start and DC over-voltage protection. It offers ACPI power management and hardware monitoring. According to Intel, the PC was designed to fit for round-the-clock tasks “…the Intel NUC 8 Rugged is built to last and qualified for 24×7 sustained operations – a critical feature for IoT and commercial operations. Fanless and ventless, the Intel NUC 8 Rugged isn’t afraid to get a little dirty”.
The system is equipped with dual HDMI ports – HDMI 2.0a port (that supports up to 3840 x 2160 pixel display resolution, 7.1 multi-channel digital audio) and HDMI 1.4 port with CEC and EDID. It has an internal 4-lane eDP display connector, an analog audio jack, multiple mounting options including VESA mounting holes, zip-tie indentations, and 3rd party DIN-rail bracket. It has support for eight USB connections with dual rear USB 2.0 ports, front and back USB 3.0 ports and additional headers (1 x 3.0, 2 x 2.0). It also has support for a Kensington lock with base security, an internal RS-232 interface and a front-panel header. There is an M.2-based Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3168 module, GbE ports, internal antennas, Bluetooth 4.2, Intel Gigabit LAN for wireless connectivity, and available punch-outs for adding external antennas.
The products are aimed at applications in edge analytics, quick service restaurants, hospitals, medical clinics for mobile pedestrian computing, operator consoles in manufacturing environments, digital signage and IoT. The mini PC, as well as the NUC8CCHB baseboard-based SKU with a 3.5-inch form factor, is due to ship by the end of the month.