Pulse-Eight Announces Internel HDMI-CEC Adapter for Intel NUC D54250WYB Systems

Haswell D54250WYB based Intel NUCs included a HDMI-CEC exposing Custom Solutions Header (aka HTPC Header) on board, but there were two pretty major issues with the implementation. The first, and most important, is that there just isn’t space in the chassis to put the adapter that was available. The second is that the 3.3V pin droops when current is drawn. While it was possible to fix this one by soldering down to a stable 3.3V point on the board the combination of issues made it unnecessarily difficult to add HDMI-CEC support to the, otherwise near perfect, SFF HTPC. Thankfully Pulse-Eight has just announced a redesigned adapter providing a solution for both issues. With a smaller, more flexible profile and using the 5V line (which is stable), the new adapter should work in any CSH with CEC and 5V pins (the original implementation did not have 5V), so there’s no reason that I know of that you can’t use it on a non-NUC either.