Intel is reportedly already working on its next generation of Next Unit of Computing (NUC) machines. According to FanlessTech, the new NUCs are codenamed Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon and are set to replace the current generation NUC 10 Performance and NUC 10 Extreme.
Based on the site’s findings, both Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon NUCs will be powered by Intel’s 28W Tiger Lake U-series processors. Panther Canyon, in particular, will have the distinction as being the first NUC to feature Intel’s yet-to-be-released Xe graphics solution. Remaining specifications include dual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMM slots with support of up to 64GB, an M.2 2280 slot, an HDMI 2.1 port, mini DisplayPort 1.4 port. As well as support for Intel Optane Memory M10 and, surprisingly, NVMe PCIe 4.0.
The Phantom Canyon NUC is clearly the less “premium” variant of the two; while it rock the same 28W Tiger Lake U-series CPU, it will not ship out with the same Xe graphic, neither will it support NVMe PCIe 4.0. Instead, the NUC will allegedly be fitted with yet undisclosed discrete GPU and retain the current NVMe PCIe 3.0 interface.
Apart from these difference, the rest of its specifications remain largely unchanged. Meaning that it will be Intel Optane Memory M10 and H10 ready, equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as the same number video output ports.
At the time of writing, no specific availability date for the Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon has been provided by Intel.