Small things can be tougher than they look. Think of an ant, able to lift objects many times its own weight. A tiny diamond, the hardest natural substance on Earth. And now the Intel NUC 8 Rugged.
The Intel NUC 8 Rugged (codenamed “Chaco Canyon”) is Intel’s first ruggedized NUC. Add your choice of OS and it’s a mini PC designed for use in tough environments, including outdoors and remote locations. It can withstand temperatures as low as 0 C/32 F and as high as 40 C/104 F. And with no fans or vents, it’s resistant to dust with an IP50 rating.
To help ensure 24x7 reliability, the Intel NUC 8 Rugged has no moving parts. That’s backed up by Intel’s three-year warranty.
Intel NUC 8 Rugged: Tiny but tough
Possible usages for the new Intel NUC 8 Rugged include outdoor signage, quick-serve restaurants, hospital mobile pedestals, train-station kiosks, taxi displays, manufacturing operator consoles, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Your customers will probably be able to add to that list, too.
Two ways to get rugged
The Intel NUC 8 Rugged is now available in two versions: a kit with designed in memory and storage, a power adapter and a board with a fanless thermal solution. The kit’s chassis is super-thin, measuring just 6.1 x 4.25 x 1.25 inches. The board, 4 x 5.7 inches.
Either way, the Intel NUC 8 Rugged supports both Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. It’s also compatible with Linux distributions, and Android validation is coming soon.
Under the hood, you’ll find an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor with a rating of 1.1 GHz to 2.4 GHz burst, and a cache of 2MB. Plus, you get graphics from Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 500.
You’ll find built into the system 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. If your customers need more storage, the mini PC kit also offers a slot for an additional PCIe x4 NVMe or SATA SSD drive.
Connectivity comes with Bluetooth, Intel Gigabyte LAN and Intel Wireless-AC (the latter, kit only). Ports offered: two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, two HDMI, and Ethernet.
The Intel NUC 8 is available now for pre-order from selected resellers for approximately $250 (board only) and $300 (L9 kit).
If your customers are looking for a mini PC that can operate in the most rugged environments, tell them to check out the new Intel NUC 8. It’s one tough device.