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Even if it is a bit bulkier than the usual mini PCs, the PN62 from Asus is also quieter in full loads thanks to better active cooling. (Source: Asus)

Asus introduces new Intel Comet Lake mini PCs with Thunderbolt 3 and WiFi6

The latest PN62 models come equipped with business-grade features like optional Thunderbolt 3 ports and WiFi6 connectivity. Powered by Intel's Comet Lake CPUs up to the i7-10710U hexa-core, the slightly bulkier devices also suppor...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:02:00 +0100
The Mecool M8S Plus W is touted as a budget-friendly TV streaming solution. (Source: AliExpress)

Most affordable mini PC in the world runs on Android, costs $15

For only $15 you get a compact mini PC powered by a quad-core Amlogic S905W ARM-based processor that can handle 4K HDR decoding, which is coupled with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and 8 GB storage. The package also includes an HDMI cable and ...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:27:00 +0100
ASRock's new ITX board. (Source: Twitter)

ASRock has a new Gemini Lake Refresh-compatible ITX board

ASRock has a new mini-PC board ready to go. As it appears to be designed for the Intel Pentium Silver J5040 chipset, it may be pitched at the lower end of this market. It can drive up to 3 displays and has an HDMI port that suppor...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:27:00 +0100
Phantom Canyon may be the NUC 11 Extreme on launch. (Source: FanlessTech)

Panther Canyon is the Intel NUC 10 Performance series' successor: new leak

According to a new leak, Intel has a replacement for the NUC 10 Performance mini-PCs in the works. It apparently goes under the heretofore-unknown code-name Panther Canyon, and will be powered by Tiger Lake-U processors with Xe gr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:38:00 +0100
Blu-ray is in decline as a medium. (Source: Wikipedia)

Blu-ray disc shipments are now projected to fall by over 150 million units over the next 5 years

Once, long ago, Blu-ray was touted as the gold standard in media playback. Now, however, it has sunk into obscurity among a world's worth of streaming services compatible with high-res displays. The format's market value is now th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:32:00 +0100
All images via Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT: A fanless mini PC that can't take the heat

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT is a rugged but silent mini PC suited for IT deployments and enterprise use. Unfortunately, the little desktop's performance suffers under load, primarily because of thermal throttling.
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 04:48:00 +0100
The new ZBOX Nano is powered by AMD's Ryzen 3 3200U APU. (Image Source: WCCFTech)

Zotac to release ZBOX Nano mini-PCs powered by AMD's Ryzen and Vega chips

Zotac is the latest company to join AMD's mini PC initiative. For now, there is only a ZBOX Nano barebones model that is powered by the Ryzen 3 3200U APU with integrated Vega 3 graphics and support for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:58:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT Review - Silent desktop with crippled performance

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT Review - Silent desktop with crippled performance

Fins, not fans. The ThinkCentre M90n Nano IoT is a fanless variant of Lenovo's newest mini PC. While the rugged build is solid and the device is completely silent, performance leaves something to be desired, especially given the price.
Intel Core i3-8145U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | | 720 g
Sam Medley, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:01:00 +0100
AnyConnect has developed the Smarter Camera platform. (Source: AnyConnect)

CES 2020 | Asus and AnyConnect partner up to push Smarter Cameras to the Edge

The Smarter Camera platform is an AI-powered solution for the future of industries such as security, logistics and retail. It has been developed by the company AnyConnect, which has just announced a partnership with Asus to delive...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 22:18:00 +0100
Samsung will introduce 250 GB capacities to the Pro NVMe SSD family for the first time. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2020 | Samsung finally adopts PCIe 4.0 standard for its latest 980 Pro NVMe SSDs

Surprisingly enough, Samsung was not among the first companies to introduce the PCIe 4.0 standard for its popular 900-series NVMe SSDs last year. However, this year, with the announcement of the 980 Pro models, the South Korean gi...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:56:00 +0100
Adata mentioned that there will also be a fancy heatspreader. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

CES 2020 | Adata reveals PCIe 4.0 XPG Sage NVMe SSD with 1 million IOPs and 7,000 MB/s speeds

If current top-of-the-line PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs reach peak sequential read/write speeds of around 3,500 MB/s do not cut it for you, maybe save up for the upcoming XPG Sage from Adata that promises to deliver double the performance,...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:06:00 +0100
Intel dropped a few hints about the 10th gen H-series mobile CPUs.

CES 2020 | Intel offers a sneak peek at 10th gen Comet Lake-H and Ghost Canyon NUC, possibly to steal some limelight before AMD's keynote tomorrow

Intel teased about the upcoming 10th gen Comet Lake-H CPUs at CES 2020 but did not divulge many details. Intel also showed off the Ghost Canyon NUC that will bring support for Core i9 H-series and discrete GPUs. Intel's early snea...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0100
An Intel mini-PC with a GBT-NUC lid on. (Source: PoE Texas)

Power-over-Ethernet on some Intel NUCs is now possible

PoE Texas has announced the GBT-NUC, a new type of lid for certain Intel mini PCs that enables them to access power and data through just 1 Ethernet cable. Therefore, the devices can function independently of a conventional wall-p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 21:16:00 +0100
The new AZIO FOKAL mechanical keyboard. (Source: AZIO)

AZIO is back on Indiegogo with its new FOKAL mechanical keyboard

AZIO has a new RGB mechanical keyboard up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. This one has a less retro appearance, yet is still touted to be high-end in terms of its materials and build quality. It also has the OEM's new FOKAL spinnin...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:38:00 +0100
The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2. (Source: Magewell)

The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 can bring high-res video to the PCIe-less boards of the future

Magewell is a company that makes the components that connect video and audio output with the applicable software. Its latest M.2 video capture card is of its 'Eco' line-up, and is capable of single-channel operation at up to 4096x...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:54:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n Nano Desktop Short Review

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n Nano Desktop Short Review

Think small. How small can a full-fledged PC be? Lenovo is pushing that limit with the ThinkCentre M90n Nano, a full Windows desktop that can slide into your back pocket. Despite its diminutive size, it packs more than enough power for most users and may be a solid choice for a streaming box.
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | | 499 g
Sam Medley, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:15:00 +0100
The Maxtang VHFP30 is considerably slimmer than the average mini PC, despite being powered by the laptop-grade Ryzen 5 2500U CPU. (Source: AliExpress)

Maxtang releases fanless mini PC powered by laptop-grade Ryzen 5 2500U CPU

AMD wants to build a mini PC ecosystem around its embedded R1000 and V1000 CPUs, but some OEMs like Maxtang want to offer more performance through laptop-grade CPU implementation. In spite of the more powerful Ryzen 5 2500U CPU, t...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:16:00 +0100
ASRock's 4x4 BOX - V1000M is among the smallest Ryzen-powered mini PCs available on the market. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces mini PC solutions to compete with Intel's NUC models

The list of partners who are already offering Ryzen-powered mini PCs include ASRock, Simply NUC, EEPD, OnLogic and Tranquil PC, with more OEMs expected to join throughout 2020. For now, the mini PCs are powered by the R1000 and V1...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 17:04:00 +0100
The motherboard featured in the "Austin Beach" NUCs has a special connector for the replaceable Compute Element module. (Source: Intel)

Intel to release "Austin Beach" fanless rugged NUCs with modular specs

The rugged "Austin Beach" NUCs will be Intel's first fanless models to integrate 15 W Whiskey Lake CPUs. As far as the modular design goes, the upcoming NUCs will come with a special motherboard that can connect to replaceable Com...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:20:00 +0100
It looks like Samsung has been outsourcing Intel's 14 nm CPUs for a few months now, and the order volume is expected to increase by the start of 2020. (Source: mobile-news.ro)

Intel is outsourcing 14 nm CPU production to Samsung's foundries to ease the shortages

Rumors about a possible collaboration between Intel and Samsung started making the rounds this summer, and the latest reports from Korea now confirm that Samsung's foundries will help Intel alleviate the 14 nm CPU shortage problem...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 15:51:00 +0100
LG has some OLED TV offers for US customers. (Source: LG)

Deal | LG unveils its Black Friday sale on 2019 OLED TVs

LG has unveiled what it calls the "best prices of the year" on its OLED TVs sold through its site and authorized dealers in the US. It includes no less than US$2000 off one 77-inch model, and a 55-inch SKU that now goes for just $...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:14:00 +0100
The new Intel NUC 10 Performance series. (Source: Intel)

Intel debuts its new NUC 10 Performance series

Intel has released its latest Next-Unit Computing- (NUC) form-factor PCs. They are powered by 10th-generation Core processors, and have i3, i5 and i7 variants. This applies to the kits and the mini PCs in this series, which also h...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 13:36:00 +0100
Some more Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem specs. (Source: Qualcomm)

AT&T approves Qualcomm’s new 9205 LTE modem for its IoT bands

AT&T now maintains specific bands for internet of things (IoT) devices and other low-power 4G/LTE applications. To this end, the carrier has just validated the new 9205 modem for these kinds of networks and ecosystems. This Qualco...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:42:00 +0100
Source: Simply NUC

Simply NUC's Ryzen-powered Sequoia doesn't have Intel inside

Simply NUC just announced the Sequoia, a small form-factor NUC-like device with AMD internals. It can be configured with either a Ryzen Embedded V1807B or V1605B and is designed for industrial use cases. But with prices starting a...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:21:00 +0100
The Fujitsu FUTRO Q9010 has PalmSecure hand-vein biometrics. (Source: Fujitsu)

The latest Fujitsu thin clients have Gemini Lake Refresh processors

Fujitsu has announced the latest 3 additions to its FUTRO line of thin clients. They also have freshly-launched Intel chipsets: Gemini Lake Refresh processors named as the Pentium Silver J5040, Celeron J4125 and Celeron J4025. The...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 21:39:00 +0100
The hand-sized Cubi 5 mini PCs from MSI offer support for the new Comet Lake CPUs up to a Core i7 U-series model. (Source: MSI)

MSI intros Cubi 5 mini PCs with Intel Comet Lake CPUs

The hand-sized Cubi 5 mini PCs from MSI now come with Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake CPUs up to a Core i7 U-series. This can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and a storage solution that combines an M.2 NVMe SSD with a 2.5...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:10:00 +0100
Barely larger than a credit card, these small computers come with enough power for A.I-enabled image recognition applications. (Source: Asus)

Asus and Google developing credit-card-sized AI-focused PCs

Machine learning is already making its way into IoT devices, as Google and Asus are now collaborating to release single board computers the size of credit cards. Even though they are small, these devices are powerful enough to en...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:22:00 +0100
Intel Frost Canyon NUCs are very much similar to their predecessor Bean Canyons. (Source: Weixin)

Intel Frost Canyon NUC leak indicates an incremental update over Bean Canyon, expected to launch on December 12

Leaked information about the Comet Lake-U powered Intel Frost Canyon NUC indicates that it will be an incremental update over the Coffee Lake-U-based Bean Canyon with the only changes being the availability of a USB Type-C port in...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 06:41:00 +0100
NVIDIA says that the Jetson Xavier NX is the world's smallest supercomputer for AI applications. (Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA Volta and Carmel ARM CPU power the US$399 Jetson Xavier NX Nano supercomputer

NVIDIA has announced the Jetson Xavier NX that can deliver up to 21 TOPS of computing power for AI applications on the edge. The Jetson Xavier NX is powered by a 384 CUDA and 48 Tensor core Volta GPU and a 6-core Carmel ARM CPU. T...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 11:25:00 +0100
An example of a home theater in a box. (Source: Lifewire)

The home theater market could be worth US$13.4 billion by 2025

Home theaters brought in a total of US$7.7 billion last year. However, this market value is thought to be capable of growing by up to $5.7 billion more over the next 6 years. The sound bar sector may grow at the greatest rate over...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
A handful of the 100+ devices that have had their Google AUEs altered. (Source: AndroidPolice)

Google extends the EOL of 140 different Chrome OS devices by up to a year each

Google provides hardware that runs its own OS with automatic updates for a fixed period of time after their release. This software policy applies to a range of devices, from Chromebooks to Chromebits, the end-of-life (EOL) of whic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:46:00 +0100
The AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2. (Source: AOPEN)

AOPEN releases a tough enterprise-grade Chromebox

AOPEN calls its new Chrome OS PC the "Commercial 2" as it asserts it is ready for demanding business environments. Besides its fanless, solid-state design, it is rated to withstand temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. It can ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:45:00 +0100
The two new CPUs are currently top-of-the line for Intel's entry-level ULV offers. (Source: Anandtech)

Intel Comet Lake-U Pentium Gold 6405U and Celeron 5205U CPUs now available

These would be the fastest dual-cores in Intel's entry-level ULV offer to date, but do not expect anything too crazy, since they are using the old 14 nm manufacturing process. The Pentium Gold 6405U comes with 4 threads and is clo...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 16:43:00 +0100
The higher iGPu clocks suggest that the Renoir APUs could include Vega 10 or even lower-tier Navi iGPUs. (Source: AMD)

AMD's 7 nm Renoir APUs allegedly pop up on 3DMark11

Early test samples for the 2020 Renoir APUs based on the 7 nm Zen 2 architecture may have been spotted on 3DMark11 running on a Celadon-RN platform with default CPU clocks ranging between 1.7 and 2 GHz. One of the test setups incl...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:33:00 +0100
Gigabyte's latest pic-iTX motherboard is smaller than an iPhone 11. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte releases Pico-ITX Apollo Lake mini PC motherboard smaller than an iPhone

The latest pico-ITX motherboard from Gigabyte comes with an embedded Celeron N3350 dual-core SoC that is powerful enough for video decoding loads. Users have the possibility to add up to 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, a SATA HDD and an ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 17:36:00 +0200
Intel plans to update its low-power Gemini Lake CPU series by Q4 2020

Intel plans to update its low-power Gemini Lake CPU series by Q4 2020

Previously thought to be launched in early-2020, the Gemini Lake Refresh CPUs are now expected to release in late-2020 with higher clocks and possibly upgraded iGPUs. New leaks unveil the specs for three new 10 W TDP J-series and ...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:18:00 +0200
The modularity of the NUC 9 Extreme has a slight downside: the enclosure is the biggest ever produced by Intel for a NUC system. (Source: Intel)

Intel's "Element" modular platform spotted in upcoming Ghost Canyon NUCs

In order to house the new modular platform, Intel's upcoming Ghost Canyon mini PCs will feature the largest NUC enclosures yet. This also allows for improved cooling, and it looks like Intel has also modified the layout to include...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:59:00 +0200
The Mini Multi Display PC features a fanless enclosure made of aluminum, which can take quite the beating. (Source: Tranquil PC)

Tranquil PC launches rugged mini PC powered by AMD APUs

The industrial-grade rugged enclosure made of aluminum featured with the Mini Multi Display PC does not come with any active cooling in order to protect against dust, debris and moisture. The system is powered by AMD's Ryzen Embed...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:26:00 +0200
The PCIe module is not much bigger than a high-end graphics card. (Source: Anandtech)

Intel demonstrates modular PC concept

Codenamed "the Element," Intel's modular concept is based on PCIe boards that integrate CPU, RAM, SSD and a variety of connectors. These boards use 16 PCIe lanes and can be combined with other accelerators like GPUs, compute units...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:08:00 +0200
The legal disputes between the two foundries could affect a considerable portion of the global semiconductor supply. (Source: WCCFTech)

TSMC countersues GlobalFoundries

TSMC strikes back with a "retaliatory litigation", claiming that GlobalFoundries infringed on 25 of its patents that include FinFET designs for the 40 through 12 nm nodes. Unlike GlobalFoundries who sued TSMC's fab-less companies ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:09:00 +0200
Intel's 459 Chipset for 10 nm mobile processors does not bring too many new features. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel releases 10th gen 495 Chipset specsheet for Comet Lake and Ice Lake U/Y CPUs

The new 495 chipset only brings a faster OPI COU interface that is capable of 4.2 GT/s data transfer speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and expanded Intel Optane memory support. Nothing new on the port selection and PCIe lanes side, unfortunately. E...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:52:00 +0200
The Minix Neo G41V-4 at IFA 2019. (Image source: Notebook Italia)

Neo G41V-4: Minix introduces an Intel Gemini Lake fanless mini PC for US$270

Minix presented its new small NEO G41V-4 at IFA 2019 in Berlin, a fanless mini PC that fits in one hand. The G41V-4 incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, UHD Graphics 600 and 4 GB of DDR4 RAM among other components. The G...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:35:00 +0200

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