Intel NUC 12 Compute Element Platform

UP Element i12 Edge

UP Element i12 Edge is a highly rugged, modular, and industrial mini PC-sized platform, powered by Intel NUC 12 Compute Element system-on-module. With the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors, it delivers massive computing performance and features that support real-time control, high-speed vision computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and safety functionalities.

UP Element i12 Edge packs impressive features in a compact and modular form factor, such as up to 32GB LPDDR5 memory, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with CE FCC Class A (CE RED) certification, and industrial-grade shock and vibration certifications. The small and fanless design makes it ideal for integration into a wide range of embedded solutions, including Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR).


Key Strengths


UP Element i12 Edge comes with 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 and Intel® Celeron® processors (formerly Alder Lake-P).

It has up to 10 Processor Cores and 12 total threads. It reaches 4.7GHz at turbo mode with a maximum 28W TDP.

High End Graphics

The built-in Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics GPU provides up to 96EU, supporting 4K Codec Decode and Encode for VP9, H.264, H.265 and HEVC.

It drives a maximum resolution of 4K at 60Hz on up to 3 simultaneous displays. The graphics execution units also takes advantage of a GPU instruction set architecture (ISA) that provides low power in high-performance computing use cases like edge AI.

Industrial & Secure  

Designed for industrial applications with 9~36V DC-in power input, isolated GPIO, RS-232/422/485 serial header, TPM 2.0 onboard, built-in BIOS, and 24/7 reliable operation.

Includes industrial standard certifications, such as CE FCC Class A (CE RED), RoHS compliant, REACH, and vibration resistance certifications (MIL-STD-202G and IEC 60068-2-64).

Faster Connectivity

The Intel NUC Compute Element integrated Intel® AX211 Wi-Fi 6E. Supports 802.11ax 2×2 2.4Gbps w/ 6GHz and Bluetooth 5.2 On board 2.5GbE for superior network communication.

The optional 5G Module expansion is a key enabling technology for digital transformation. It opens a plethora of new opportunities for the Industrial Industry of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, and critical infrastructure applications.

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Multiple M.2 slots for AI module, WWAN 4G/5G and NVMe SSD Storage expansion.

  • 1x M.2 3052 B-key
  • 1x M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 M-key
  • 1x M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x2 M-key
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Easy to Upgrade 

With the Intel NUC Compute Element modular design, UP Element i12 Edge offers a seamless path to upgrade to the next-generation Intel NUC Compute Element with 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.

With little to no reconfiguration or software updates, the UP Element i12 Edge allows for an easy “upgrade path” to simplify increasing computing capacity without an overhaul or replacement of the system.

What can you achieve with this kit?

UP Element i12 Edge is a new approach to computing solutions for the industrial and AMR market. With the modular approach, developers can reduce the development time for their new product and have more flexibility to easily swap to different CPU SKUs, even upgrading to the next-generation platform.

Like other industrial and commercial products, the advancement in the technology that drives AMRs is accelerating quickly. But upgrading services to accommodate improvements is expensive if the robot must be replaced. Providing a computing solution with an easy upgrade path that does not require a complete overhaul of the AMR benefits customers with a longer lifetime usage and lower TCO.

With UP Element i12 Edge, lots of cutting-edge software and frameworks have been validated already. You can start to build your solution and reduce your effort on the validation. Enjoy your journey now with the UP Element!

Vertical Markets

UP Element vertical markets
  • Supports standard industry 9~36V power input power connector and isolated I/O
  • 2x RS-232/422/485 serial port header and 16pin isolated GPIO
  • Up to 3x independent displays with efficient video analytics to leverage end user’s shopping behaviour
  • AI and IoT enabled for better logistical operations and marketing strategies
  • Audio port for automated audio kiosks and operations
  • Intel AMR SDK supported
  • Modular design for easy upgrade.
  • high standard vibration resistance
  • Multiple I/Os includes USB, GbE and built-in Wi-Fi and BlueTooth

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UP Element i12 Edge