According to a leaked roadmap, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is expected to launch two new small NUC units: Baby Canyon NUC and Arches Canyon NUC. These new PCs will be powered by the seventh generation Kaby Lake chips, succeeding the 14nm Skylake, and the Celeron Apollo Lake SoCs, succeeding the Braswell series, respectively.

Should the leaked roadmap be accurate, both PCs are expected to be launched by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, market availability is expected to begin by next year. However, no pricings have been revealed yet.

Baby Canyon NUC

The Babt Canyon will be available in five SKUs. Measuring 115 mm x 111 mm x 51 mm are those with a SATA drive. Those without a SATA drive measures 115 mm x 111 mm x 35 mm. The Baby Canyon NUC will be integrated with a powerful quad core i7 chip with Iris graphics. There will also be core i5 and i3 units. Other key specifications include a 32GB dual channel DDR4 SODIMMs and M.2 SSD. The PC is built with an IR port, two USB 3.0 ports, a Micro SDXC port, and a 3.5-mm audio jack.

Arches Canyon NUC

Like the Baby Canyon NUC, the Arches Canyon NUC measures 115 mm x 111 mm x 51 mm. This PC boasts with a Gen 9 HD graphics. As a cheaper option, it will come with an 8GB dual channel DDR3L. There will be a model with a 32GB built-in eMMC storage and another one without. Both models support a hard drive or a SATA drive. Other key features include a VGA video output, four USB 3.0 ports, a Micro SDXC port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and two 3.5-mm audio jacks.

NUC Lineup

The roadmap also suggests that Intel will produce the NUC lineup at least until 2018. The company is generally known for its processors. However, with the superior NUC lineup, Intel is finally making a name in the PC industry— particularly the small PC market. With promising convenience and power offered at affordable prices, the NUC models are beginning to enjoy an impressive growth.

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