The electronics industry supply chain is facing a number of issues due to the ongoing pandemic. Companies are unable to meet product demand, and are being forced to fine-tune their product distribution strategies. Intel's Panther Canyon NUC was announced at CES 2021, with no official pricing or availability information. Yesterday, Intel provided some updates with the rather disappointing news that the Panther Canyon NUC family will only be distributed in the Asia-Pacific region.

The other markets will still get a wide range of Tiger Lake-based NUC products such as the NUC11 Pro (Tiger Canyon), Compute Element (Elk Bay), and the dGPU-equipped NUC11 Enthusiast (Phantom Canyon). Intel is citing tight supply of a few third-party components as the cause for the APAC-only focus of Panther Canyon. We expected the NUC11 Performance units to provide an affordable entry point for Tiger Lake mini-PCs. The other Tiger Lake NUC products are bound to be priced higher, given their target markets [Update: Intel clarified that the the Panther Canyon and non-vPro Tiger Canyon NUCs were supposed to be priced similarly across different markets. Given this disclosure, we believe that the non-vPro Tiger Canyon NUCs are going to be an almost like-to-like replacement for the Panther Canyon units across all aspects].

The APAC-only focus of the Panther Canyon products provides an opportunity for vendors such as ASRock Industrial to gain market share elsewhere. The company already has the NUC1100 series of Tiger Lake UCFF PCs available for purchase in the North American market with prices ranging from $600 for the top-end Core i7 version to $350 for the Core i3 one.

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  • CajunArson - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - link

    Well this is akward since I'm in the US and my Panther Canyon NUC is pre-ordered with an estimated ship date of March 9... time to contact Provantage.
  • CajunArson - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - link

    Sunuvabeyotch... literally as I go to my email after that post I get the product discontinued notice.
  • CajunArson - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - link

    OK, ordered the Asrock from Newegg. Still pissed but I'll actually have the machine substantially sooner since they had it in-stock at least.
  • SimplyNUC - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - link

    No need to fear. Simply NUC has a location in Asia and will be importing these into the US to fill US orders. We also have 11th Gen alternatives such as Tiger Canyon and Topaz
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, February 5, 2021 - link

    Yeah... no. A NUC10I5FNK (i5-10210u, 16GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, Win10 Pro) can be had for $579.99. The same config from SimplyNUC is $1004. That's close to double the price. I don't have a problem with a company making a profit, but that's a ripoff.
  • pinkbecca - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - link

    hi DigitalFreak, where do you recommend I purchase from?
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - link

    DigitalFreak is just comparing their price on the US-distributed NUC10 models with comparable market offerings from other sellers, as a basis for determining their markup. That poster isn't saying that there are better options for a NUC11 (although there probably are, if you look around), but just that SimplyNUC's markups are awfully high.

    I would keep an eye out for NUC11 offerings from independent sellers on Amazon, Newegg, and ebay, since those marketplaces offer some protections. I'd be more wary of ordering directly from the website of an unknown vendor. However, they didn't say exactly when it will launch.

    Also, consider alternatives such as those mentioned from ASRock, as well as NUC11 Pro (Tiger Canyon).
  • pinkbecca - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - link

    great, thanks.
  • Atamiri - Thursday, February 11, 2021 - link

    I ordered a Topaz a month ago (from SimplyNUC UK) and am still waiting. The page was saying “shipping January” when I ordered it.
  • Alistair - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - link

    well that's disappointing... was pretty much the only Intel product I was interested in...

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