Alder Lake and 10 GbE on socket in the first quarter of 2022

Intel has provided a teaser for its upcoming NUC12 Extreme product at CES 2022. Full specs have been promised closer to launch, but the layout of the components in their virtual presentation indicates a very similar follow-up to the Beast Canyon NUC in terms of factor. shape and sizing.

The key update for the Beast Canyon appears to be the use of a socket processor, which should allow a wider range of processor choices for the end user. The steam chamber / processor fan continues to be the cooling system for the components of the Compute Element “expansion board”. The range of TDP allowed for supported processors is something that would be interesting to note when building systems based on the Dragon Canyon platform. Other aspects such as the use of DDR4 SODIMMs and a separate connector board on the front panel appear to be similar to the Beast Canyon NUC platform introduced last year.

From an I / O perspective, we have Thunderbolt 4 (as expected with Alder Lake) and Wi-Fi 6E. Network enthusiasts should be very happy with Intel’s promise to provide 10GbE LAN in the product. The lack of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 appears to be a slight drag on what otherwise appears to be an exciting SFF platform set to launch in the coming months.

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