The good news is that an affordable Jasper Lake-powered NUC is in the works. We were really pleased with Gemini Lake and we can't wait for the next generation. The not-so-good news is that global chip shortage is still a thing, and Atlas Canyon won't be available until Q1 2022.

For the first time ever, the entry-level NUC is ditching the 2.5" drive for a slim M.2 version only. The NUC 11 Essential is actively-cooled, although fanless cases are probably a given considering the low TDP. It will be available as a Window 10 mini PC, as a barebone kit (add RAM and storage) and as a board only.

Update: The J6005, J5105, and J4505 are most likely the N6005, N5105, and N4505 released early this year.

✓ Pentium Silver J6005 (NUC11ATKPE) up to 3.3 GHz (4C / 4T)
✓ Celeron J5105 (NUC11ATKC4) up to 2.9 GHz (4C / 4T)
✓ Celeron J4505 (NUC11ATKC2) up 2.7 GHz (2C / 2T)
✓ Dual-channel DDR4-2933 SODIMMs, 16GB max
✓ 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (HDCP 2.2 support)
✓ Supports 2 x 4K displays
✓ M.2 22x80 key M slots for PCIe x4 NVMe and SATA SSDs
✓ Select SKUs with 64GB eMMC Storage
✓ 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
✓ Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX101 m.2 card + Bluetooth v5.2
✓ 2x front USB 3.1, 2x rear USB 3.1, and 2x rear USB 2.0
✓ Up to 7.1 multichannel digital audio via HDMI
✓ 3.5mm front stereo jack / 3.5mm mic
✓ 19VDC 65W power supply
✓ External 9-pin front panel header
✓ Microsoft Windows 10 / Linux compatible
✓ Three Year Product Life Cycle
✓ Three-Year Warranty
✓ 135 x 115 x 36 mm