Intel has officially discontinued its Celeron N2820 Bay Trail chip mere months after launch, replacing it in its own NUC DN2820FYKH Kit with the faster and bug-fixed Celeron N2830.
A low-cost entry-level model based on the Bay Trail architecture, the NUC DN2820FYKH Kit bundled Intel's 7.5W Celeron N2820 processor with a NUC motherboard and casing, offering two cores running at 2.13GHz - 2.39GHz burst - in a low-power, small-footprint system. The launch wasn't without its problems, however, with reports of driver glitches and issues with the on-chip USB controller causing early adopters no small amount of heartache.
Some of those flaws, it would appear, have been traced back to the processor's design. Despite only launching late last year, Intel announced back in February that the chip was to be officially discontinued. In all cases, manufacturers who are currently receiving the Celeron N2820 were told to move to the N2830. A bug-fixed successor launched early this year, the Celeron N2830 boosts the clockspeed slightly to 2.16GHz - 2.41GHz burst - while retaining the 7.5W thermal design profile (TDP) and 4.5W scenario design power (SDP) of its predecessor, along with the $107 recommended price tag. The memory controller is also modified, adding support for DDR3L-1333 low-power modules.
The move to discontinue the months-old chip is to have an impact on the recently-launched NUC DN2820FYKH Kit: silent cooling specialist site FanlessTech
was the first to notice the move in an official Product Change Notification sent to Intel's customers earlier this week, confirming that the N2830 would be the new standard chip for the DN2820FYKH.
Those in the market for a low-power Bay Trail NUC are warned: Intel has confirmed that it is holding inventory of the earlier N2820 models, and will deplete said inventory before shipping the upgraded revision to its customers. Coupled with retailers' own stock, it could be a while before the upgraded NUC kits actually start filtering into customers' hands.