The Chaco Canyon NUC is the newest computer out on the NUC market. We’ll see what its specs are and what separates this little fanless wonder from other NUCs.
What Is the Chaco Canyon NUC?
Also known as the Intel NUC 8 Rugged, the Chaco Canyon NUC is the first fanless NUC built by Intel in five years. The Chaco Canyon NUC was created for the Internet of Things (IoT), edge analytics, and digital signage.
What Are the Specs?
A Chaco Canyon NUC uses an Apollo Lake Intel Celeron N3350, which is a dual core 64 bit microprocessor. The chip operates at 1.1 GHz with a burst frequency of 2.4 GHz. It uses Intel’s HD Graphics 500 GPU, which operates at 200 MHz with a burst frequency of 650 MHz. The Chaco Canyon NUC also has a 4 GB LPDDR3 (a type of double data rate memory) soldered on the frame as well. This offers a higher data rate, greater bandwidth and power efficiency, and higher memory density.
The Chaco Canyon NUC has one front 3.0 USB port, one rear 3.0 USB port, two rear 2.0 USB ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and one HDMI 1.4 port. It is set to work with Gigabit Ethernet.
What Separates the Chaco Canyon NUC?
The Chaco Canyon NUC is designed with businesses in mind. It takes up little space, can be mounted, and the fanless design means that it uses little wattage, making it economically friendly. The DC power plug is rated anywhere from 12 to 24 volts. Another important feature of this model is that it performs well in harsh and remote locations, and the casing makes it resistant to dust intrusion.
More Facts on the Chaco Canyon NUC
The Chaco Canyon NUC is built to withstand and operate in zero degree to 40 degree (Celsius) temperatures.
The hard casing has no moving parts to worry about. It’s designed for reliable performance, even with 24/7 operation.
What Is the Chaco Canyon NUC Used For?
It was uniquely designed for outdoor, particle prone, and remote locations. Some of the uses for the Chaco Canyon NUC include outdoor signage (including roadway signs), quick service restaurants, hospital mobile pedestal computing, train station kiosks, taxi displays, and manufacturing operator consoles.
The Chaco Canyon NUC & IoT
The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, as well as the communication that occurs between these objects. IoT can be used for such things as connected security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, and lighting in houses and businesses. In a commercial environment, it can be used for alarm clocks, speaker systems, and vending machines. That certainly isn’t the extent of application for IoT, though. IoT is growing, with an expected jump to 25 million Things by the year 2020. The Chaco Canyon NUC is made specifically to work with IoT, putting it in direct competition with the Raspberry Pi.
The Chaco Canyon NUC is a unique minicomputer with a lot of potential. It is light, durable, and offers amazing performance anywhere it’s needed. Being dust and particle resistant makes it great for outdoor use. This is truly a NUC set apart from the rest!