Intel® NUC Kit NUC6CAYS
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Intel® NUC Kit with Intel® Celeron® Processors
Products formerly Arches Canyon
Pre-Installed Operating System
Windows 10, 64-bit*
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 10, 64-bit*
Board Form Factor
UCFF (4" x 4")
Internal Drive Form Factor
# of Internal Drives Supported
DC Input Voltage Supported
Intel® Celeron® Processor J3455 (2M Cache, up to 2.30 GHz)
Processor Base Frequency
# of USB Ports
2x front and 2x rear USB 3.0; 2x USB 2.0 via internal headers
USB 2.0 Configuration (External + Internal)
0 + 2
USB 3.0 Configuration (External + Internal)
2B 2F + 0
Total # of SATA Ports
Max # of SATA 6.0 Gb/s Ports
Audio (back channel + front channel)
7.1 digital; L+R+mic (F); L+R+TOSLINK (R)
Intel® Wireless-AC 3168 + Bluetooth 4.2
Consumer Infrared Rx Sensor
S/PDIF Out Connector
CEC, 2x USB2.0, AUX_PWR, FRONT_PANEL
115 x 111 x 51mm
Security & Reliability
Ordering and Compliance
Retired and discontinued
Trade compliance information
- ECCN 5A992C
- CCATS G157815L2
- US HTS 8471500150
Drivers and Software
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Intel® Wireless Technology-Based Driver for Windows® 10 & Windows* 11 for Intel® NUC Products
This download record installs the wireless driver for the Intel® Wireless Adapter in the Intel® NUC Kit for Windows® 10 & Windows 11*.View download options.
ITE Tech* Consumer Infrared (CIR) Driver for Windows® 10 & Windows 11* for Intel® NUC Products.
This download record installs the consumer infrared (CIR) driver for Windows® 10 & Windows 11* for Intel® NUC Products.View download options.
Intel® EMA Cloud Start Tool Terraform Scripts
Terraform* and PowerShell* scripts for automated creation of an Intel EMA instance and all required back-end servicesView download options.
BIOS Update [AYAPLCEL]
This download record contains options for updating the BIOS of Intel® NUC Kit NUC6CAYH and NUC6CAYS.View download options.
Intel® Graphics DCH Driver for Windows®10 and Windows 11* for 6th through 10th Generation Intel® NUC Products (except NUC6i7KYK) and most Intel® Element Intel® NUC Products
This download installs the Intel® Graphics DCH Drivers for Windows® 10 and Windows 11* for 6th (except NUC6i7KYK) through 10th Generation Intel® NUC Products (except NUC6i7KYK) and most Intel® Element Intel® NUC Products.View download options.
ITE Tech* Consumer Infrared (CIR) Driver for Windows® 10 for several Intel® NUC Products families
Installs the ITE Tech* Consumer Infrared (CIR) Driver for Windows® 10 for several Intel® NUC Products familiesView download options.
Realtek* Card Reader Driver for Windows® 10 for several Intel® NUC Product Families.
Installs the Realtek* Card Reader Driver for Windows® 10 for several Intel® NUC Product Families.View download options.
Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Driver for Windows® 10 64-Bit for Intel® NUC
Installs the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software for Bluetooth® technology driver for Intel® NUC using Windows® 10 64-bit.View download options.
Intel® Trusted Execution Engine (Intel® TXE) Driver for Windows® 10 for Intel® NUC6CAYS & NUC6CAYH
This download installs the Intel® Trusted Execution Engine driver and firmware for Windows® 10 for Intel® NUC6CAYS & NUC6CAYH.View download options.
Intel® Integrator Toolkit
Intel® Integrator Toolkit is a command line utility used to customize BIOS on Intel® NUC and Intel® Compute Stick products.View download options.
Intel® VCUST Tool
Provides the Intel® VCUST tool for Intel® NUC products.View download options.
Realtek* High Definition Audio Driver for Windows® 10 64-bit for NUC6CAY
Installs the Realtek* High Definition Audio driver for Windows® 10 64-bit for NUC6CAYView download options.
The date the product was first introduced.
Pre-Installed Operating System
Pre-Installed Operating System indicates the operating system that comes factory loaded on the device.
Embedded Storage indicates the presence and size of onboard storage capacity that is built into the board, in addition to any drives that could be added via other interfaces.
Thermal Design Power (TDP) represents the average power, in watts, the processor dissipates when operating at Base Frequency with all cores active under an Intel-defined, high-complexity workload. Refer to Datasheet for thermal solution requirements.
Cores is a hardware term that describes the number of independent central processing units in a single computing component (die or chip).
Where applicable, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology is only available on Performance-cores.
Processor Base Frequency
Processor Base Frequency describes the rate at which the processor's transistors open and close. The processor base frequency is the operating point where TDP is defined. Frequency is typically measured in gigahertz (GHz), or billion cycles per second.
Lithography refers to the semiconductor technology used to manufacture an integrated circuit, and is reported in nanometer (nm), indicative of the size of features built on the semiconductor.
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Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available indicates products that offer extended purchase availability for intelligent systems and embedded solutions. Product certification and use condition applications can be found in the Production Release Qualification (PRQ) report. See your Intel representative for details.
Pre-Installed Memory indicates presence of memory that comes factory loaded on the device.
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
Max memory size refers to the maximum memory capacity supported by the processor.
Intel® processors come in four different types: Single Channel, Dual Channel, Triple Channel, and Flex Mode. Maximum supported memory speed may be lower when populating multiple DIMMs per channel on products that support multiple memory channels.
Max # of Memory Channels
The number of memory channels refers to the bandwidth operation for real world application.
Max Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory bandwidth is the maximum rate at which data can be read from or stored into a semiconductor memory by the processor (in GB/s).
Max # of DIMMs
DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Module) is a series of DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory) IC's mounted on a small printed circuit board.
ECC Memory Supported ‡
ECC Memory Supported indicates processor support for Error-Correcting Code memory. ECC memory is a type of system memory that can detect and correct common kinds of internal data corruption. Note that ECC memory support requires both processor and chipset support.
Integrated Graphics ‡
Integrated graphics allow for incredible visual quality, faster graphic performance and flexible display options without the need for a separate graphics card.
Graphics Output defines the interfaces available to communicate with display devices.
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision is the supported version of the PCI Express standard. Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (or PCIe) is a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard for attaching hardware devices to a computer. The different PCI Express versions support different data rates.
PCI Express Configurations ‡
PCI Express (PCIe) Configurations describe the available PCIe lane configurations that can be used to link to PCIe devices.
Removable Memory Card Slot
Removable Card Slot indicates the presence of a slot for removable memory cards.
M.2 Card Slot (wireless)
M.2 Card Slot (wireless) indicates presence of an M.2 slot that's keyed for wireless expansion cards
USB (Universal Serial Bus) is an industry standard connection technology for attaching peripheral devices to a computer.
Total # of SATA Ports
SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) is a high speed standard for connecting storage devices such as hard disk drives and optical drives to a motherboard.
RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a storage technology that combines multiple disk drive components into a single logical unit, and distributes data across the array defined by RAID levels, indicative of the level of redundancy and performance required.
Integrated LAN indicates the presence of an integrated Intel Ethernet MAC or presence of the LAN ports built into the system board.
Consumer Infrared Rx Sensor
Indicates presence of an infrared receiver sensor on Intel® NUC products, or capability of previous Intel® Desktop Boards to accept infrared receiver sensor via header.
Additional Headers indicates presence of additional interfaces such as NFC, auxiliary power, and others.
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) ‡
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium® processor (VT-i) virtualization adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help end users improve security and reliability of the systems and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environments.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component on the desktop board that is specifically designed to enhance platform security above-and-beyond the capabilities of today's software by providing a protected space for key operations and other security critical tasks. Using both hardware and software, the TPM protects encryption and signature keys at their most vulnerable stages - operations when the keys are being used unencrypted in plain-text form.
Intel® HD Audio Technology
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) is capable of playing back more channels at higher quality than previous integrated audio formats. In addition, Intel® HD Audio has the technology needed to support the latest and greatest audio content.
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) ‡
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) allows one hardware platform to function as multiple “virtual” platforms. It offers improved manageability by limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.
Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)
Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) is a platform functionality for credential storage and key management used by Windows 8* and Windows® 10. Intel® PTT supports BitLocker* for hard drive encryption and supports all Microsoft requirements for firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) 2.0.
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) are a set of instructions that enable fast and secure data encryption and decryption. AES-NI are valuable for a wide range of cryptographic applications, for example: applications that perform bulk encryption/decryption, authentication, random number generation, and authenticated encryption.
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Refer to Datasheet for formal definitions of product properties and features.
‡ This feature may not be available on all computing systems. Please check with the system vendor to determine if your system delivers this feature, or reference the system specifications (motherboard, processor, chipset, power supply, HDD, graphics controller, memory, BIOS, drivers, virtual machine monitor-VMM, platform software, and/or operating system) for feature compatibility. Functionality, performance, and other benefits of this feature may vary depending on system configuration.
Some products can support AES New Instructions with a Processor Configuration update, in particular, i7-2630QM/i7-2635QM, i7-2670QM/i7-2675QM, i5-2430M/i5-2435M, i5-2410M/i5-2415M. Please contact OEM for the BIOS that includes the latest Processor configuration update.
“Announced” SKUs are not yet available. Please refer to the Launch Date for market availability.
System and Maximum TDP is based on worst case scenarios. Actual TDP may be lower if not all I/Os for chipsets are used.