Intel wants to put NUC 12 Serpent Canyon back to its ‘coffin’
The company’s decision to end its NUC division has officially sparked the end-of-life plan for numerous of these products.
The company has released Product Change Notifications (PCNs) regarding three products based on Alder Lake and Tiger Lake architectures: the NUC 12 Enthusiast, NUC X15 Laptop Kit, and NUC P14E Laptop. These products are set to be discontinued starting from August 18th, which marks the final order date for these systems.
The NUC X15 Laptop Kit, serving as an Intel reference platform for both Tiger Lake and Alder Lake architectures, is notably impacted by these PCN updates. The affected systems belong to the newer 12th Gen Core i7 lineup (12700H) and are equipped with Arc A7 DG2 SKU2/SKU3 graphics—specifically, the Arc A730M or A550M models. Some OEMs were using these NUC systems as a platform for their customizations. It is presumed that those systems will no longer be available as well.
It’s worth highlighting that these X15 systems, which have now been slated for discontinuation, were originally introduced in Q3 2022. This decision to discontinue them comes a little over a year after their initial launch.
The NUC 12 Enthusiast, codenamed “Serpent Canyon,” deserves a special mention. This system stood out as one of Intel’s most intriguing offerings in the market. Notably, it incorporated an Intel 12th Gen CPU alongside the powerful Arc A770M GPU, packed into a compact form factor. As we’ve emphasized on several occasions recently, finding a replacement for this system might prove challenging, given that it was one of the rare Mini-PCs to feature a complete Intel hardware stack.
Lastly, the NUC P14E, a laptop based on the 11th Gen Tiger Lake architecture, was already on the path toward its end-of-life phase. This was anticipated, considering that a significant portion of the processor lineup had already been phased out.