Intel’s 11th Generation, 10nm+ Tiger Lake CPU Based Phantom Canyon & Panther Canyon NUCs Landing in 2020


Intel's 11th Generation Tiger Lake CPU based NUC 11 series are landing in the second half of 2020, reports FanlessTech. The new NUCs which include the recently reported Phantom Canyon and the Panther Canyon designs are expected to feature Intel's latest 10nm+ process-based Tiger Lake-U processors with advanced Xe graphics architecture.

Intel's NUC 11 Series To Feature 11th Generation, 10nm+ Tiger Lake CPUs With Xe Graphics Architecture

Based on the details mentioned by FanlessTech, the NUC 11 Extreme and the NUC 11 performance will replace the existing NUC 8 and NUC 9 series. This is the first time a slide has officially listed Intel's Tiger Lake family as the 11th Generation family. According to the source, the roadmap lists down the availability of the NUC 11 series around mid of 2020 but would be moved to second half of 2020 due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus.

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Intel NUC 11 Series With Intel's 11th Generation Tiger Lake CPUs are arriving in the second half of 2020. (Image Credits: FanlessTech)

Intel Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme

The Phantom Canyon NUC 11 extreme would be powered by Intel's Tiger Lake-U 28W processors. The processors featured on the NUC would either be Core i7 or Core i5 variants but while they will rock an integrated Xe GPU, there would also be a discrete graphics option. The specifics of the GPU are not known but it is mentioned to be 3rd party, featuring 6 or 8 GB graphics memory.

It is likely that Intel would put their own discrete graphics based on the Xe graphics architecture which would allow for far superior performance than the integrated GPU. You can configure the NUC 11 Extreme with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 SODIMMs. There are dual M.2 slots (1x 22x80/110 & 1x 22x80) and a PCIe x4 Gen 3 NVMe port.

Other details include a very futuristic design with the iconic 'SKULL' logo which lights up with LEDs. You can put the NUC in either tabletop or tower formation and either of them looks cool. It shares a design to its predecessors, the Skull Canyon and the Hades Canyon, both of which rocked a 45W CPU. I/O on the NUC 11 Extreme will include HDMI 2.0b, Mini DisplayPort, front and rear sided Thunderbolt 3 ports, Intel 2.5 Gbps LAN, Intel Wireless-AX 201, IEEE 802.11ax, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

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Intel Panther Canyon NUC 11 Performance

The NUC 11 performance will also be featuring 28W Tiger Lake-U CPUs with SKUs ranging from Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 variants. The Intel Xe graphics chip onboard these CPUs will power the graphics side and there won't be any discrete graphics option like the Extreme variant. Like the Extreme variant, the I/O would be practically the same with the only difference being the standard NUC box design.

The Tiger Lake generation of processors comes after Intel's 10nm Ice Lake generation. Tiger Lake CPUs will be using a more advanced 10nm+ process node and improved architecture design. While Willow Cove cores used on the Tiger Lake CPUs will have all the underlying technologies featured on Sunny Cove based processors, they will also feature cache redesigns, transistor optimizations and enhanced security features to deliver much better performance and clocks than 10nm processors.

Also, it's worth noting that previous Intel slides hinted at Phantom Canyon NUCs to feature PCIe Gen 4.0 support, but only the Panther NUC 11 will be getting support for Gen 4.0 NVMe while Phantom Canyon will continue supporting the Gen 3.0 protocol.

Both NUCs are stated to be available later this year and would definitely be a nice addition to your home streaming setup, or if you are in the market for just a small form factor PC, rocking some pretty cool specifications.

Which variant of the Intel NUC 11 is more suited to your needs?