Intel’s Bay Trail NUC is fanless

Intel has introduced a mini NUC PC powered by Santa Clara’s Bay Trail chipset (1.46 GHz Intel Atom SoC with 5W TDP).

The system employs passive cooling, rather than the traditional fan associated with x86 architecture.

Additional features include 8GB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC storage and support for a 2.5 inch hard drive or solid state drive (SSD).

The system is also equipped with one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, three internal USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA ports, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet and antennas for an optional wireless card. 

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes, the system isn’t exactly considered a high-performance PC.

”It’s powered by a single-core Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and it’s aimed at enterprise solutions such as thin client systems or digital signage rather than home use,” he explained.

“But folks who prefer low-power, quiet solutions over bleeding edge performance might be able to make do. The mini-computer officially supports Windows 8 Embedded, Windows 7 Embedded, and Linux, but it has an x86 processor that should work with most modern operating systems.”