Twitter user @momomo_us images of two “roadmaps” of Intel’s compact NUC and NUC Element families were revealed, announcing plans to announce new processor-based models Tiger lake-u and Elk bay until 2021.
As one of the images indicates, sales of the NUC 9 Extreme series of compact computers (Ghost Canyon generation) will continue until the end of 2021. It is assumed that it will exist together with the NUC 11 Extreme family (Phantom Canyon), which in turn will replace the NUC 8 Extreme (Hades Canyon) by the end of this year.
The announcement of NUC 11 Extreme nettops (Phantom Canyon) based on 10-nm + Tiger Lake-U series processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 graphics cards, expected in the second half of this year, seems to be delayed until the last months of 2020. Thus, their appearance on sale should be expected either at the end of this or at the beginning of next year.
The “road map” does not mention the previously flickered NUC 11 Performance family (Panther Canyon), the announcement of which was also expected in the second half of 2020.
There are not many new products in the second image. It refers to the NUC 9 Pro (Quartz Canyon) and NUC 8 Pro (Provo Canyon) nettop series that Intel has already launched. Their support, according to the image, will continue until 2021. The same is expected for the NUC 8 Rugged (Chaco Canyon) and NUC 8 Essential (June Canyon) models.
As for the NUC Element family, the NUC 11 Compute Element (Elk Bay) systems seem to be a direct replacement for the current Intel NUC 8 Compute Element (Chandler Bay) series. Their announcement, apparently, will take place closer to the end of 2020. Unfortunately, the roadmap does not indicate which Intel processors will be used in the new series of compact computers.
The systems, codenamed Chandler Bay, are built on the eighth generation of 15-watt Core chips (Whiskey Lake), ready to offer up to four cores and eight threads. With the advent of the new and potentially more productive Elk Bay, the NUC Element series can become more attractive. Most likely, the news will also receive Tiger Lake chips.
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