“Swift Canyon” NUCs Launch in 2H 2015The two NUCs coming from Intel include a Core i5 model “NUC6i5SYK/NUC6i5SYH” and a Core i3 model “NUC6i3SYK/NUC3i5SYH”. There are no specifications listed on the slide aside from the feature support that show that the Core i5 model launches in Q4 2015 while the Core i3 model launches in Q3 2015. The report seems to confirm the previous reports of Skylake replacing majority of Broadwell processors in 2H 2015. Both NUCs are powered by Intel Skylake-U series chips that feature the Core i5-6***U and Core i3-6***U series naming schemes.
When it comes to design, the NUCs are small devices hence they feature SO-DIMM slots for DRAM support. In this case, we’ll be looking at DDR4 SO-DIMMs that are going to power these devices. There will be a range of mPCIe and M.2 slots along with mini-HDMI and mini-Displayports for display output through the internal graphics processor feature on the Skylake processors. The Skylake processors are based on a Gen9 iGPU which is going to leverage overall graphics performance over Broadwell with increased clock speeds and execution units. Currently no model with Iris Pro graphics has been listed by Intel and those will only be unveiled with a Core i7 based NUC as is the case with Rock Canyon.
Further I/O offerings include 2 internal USB 2.0, 4 external SB 3.0 ports, an 8+2 channel audio jack and integrated LAN ports. Other include WiFi/Bluetooth integration with a mPCIe combo adapter, M.2 SSD expansion slot, SATA 3 6GB/s port, 2.5″ optical drive bay, NFC integration and a replaceable LED. There’s full support for 4K and triple display configurations. The NUCs are going to be one of many devices that will feature Skylake-U series processors. The Core i3 and Core i5 models will be dual cores while the Core i7 model will be based on a dual core design and feature multi-threading support.