According to a forum post, there was an Intel event/ session where it revealed Intel’s upcoming Phantom Canyon NUC, intel’s barebone mini PC units. This one talks about Tiger Lake-U CPUs. Naturally, while this upcoming addition might be given more weight to its specs, it is not necessary these are final specifications and feature sets. But these spy shots have some pretty good information about Intel’s upcoming plans.
About the Phantom Canyon NUCs…
What’s further interesting is the addition of the 10nm Tiger Lake-U processors with 28-watt TDP. Tiger Lake CPUs is scheduled to be released after Ice Lake. It also lists discrete GPU support, Thunderbolt 3 via Type C, 2.5G Gigabit LAN, and even RGB lighting options. The total SODIMM DDR4 supports is up to 64GB in a maximum of two slots. Apart from that, it has native support for WiFi 6 and BT 5, one HDMI 2.0 and 2x mini Display 1.4 outputs. I am looking forward to seeing Intel’s vapour chamber design as NUCs are supposed to maintain a very small footprint. But it does indicate the support for discrete graphics cards- GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 as an example. Additionally, the concept units show removable vents and also one of them using an Nvidia Quadro card. It looks like Intel is aiming these units to be towards gaming and certain workstation workload niche. While this seems promising, we’ll just to wait and see how big is this niche.
It also lists a PCIe 4.0 lanes, which makes it ready for PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Phantom Canyon natively supports two M.2 slots. Alas, this is expected to come out in the year 2021. Both Silicon Motion and Phison will have its PCIe 4.0 SSD controllers out by Q1 2020. So we’ll just have to see what Intel will come up to support the new specification.