VIA Technologies, Inc has announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs.
Mini-ITX 2.0 is a set of minimum specifications for the next generation of Mini-ITX boards to encourage the integration of the latest PC technologies into the small form factor market and to provide OEMs, system integrators and end-users alike greater freedom of choice in configuring mini PCs and home media centers to deliver an optimized graphics, high definition video, and computing experience.
The company says Mini-ITX 2.0 makes the ideal platform for such systems due to its advanced performance, high levels of feature integration, and easy expandability, coupled with the broad infrastructure of cases and accessories that has been built up around the form factor.
At the core of Mini-ITX 2.0 is a high performance and power efficient x86 processor, such as the VIA Nano processor announced last week. To maximize flexibility in configuring mini PC systems for today's increasingly immersive graphics and high definition visual computing environments, such as advanced DirectX 10 graphics and Blu-ray Disc playback, Mini-ITX 2.0 also defines a 16-lane PCI Express slot as a prerequisite, enabling the integration of a high performance graphics add-in card.
"With the Mini-ITX, VIA set the de facto standard for small form factor x86 platform integration, triggering industry-wide innovation in mini PC systems," said Timothy Chen, Special Assistant to the President, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Through the introduction of Mini-ITX 2.0, we are defining the mini PC platform of the future, paving the way for the emergence of a new generation of high performance systems that deliver an optimized experience in today's increasingly media rich environment."
In line with the company's long-term commitment to supporting open industry standards, VIA is working with industry partners including NVIDIA to drive innovation and maximize freedom of choice around the Mini-ITX 2.0 standard.
Mini-ITX 2.0 as an open industry standard defines the minimum platform requirements for media-rich optimized mini PCs and includes support for minimum 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, DirectX 9.0 integrated (IGP); DirectX 10 through an add-in card, VGA port for LCD display; HDMI port on add-in card, three audio jacks for up to 6-channel surround sound, 1 Gigabit LAN port, two Serial ATA II slots + one IDE (PATA) slot.
For expansion the standard lists a minimum of four USB2.0 ports, one PCI Express 16-lane slot.
The hole platform measure onle 17cm x 17cm and supports Microsoft Windows Vista; Microsoft Windows Vista Premium (through an add-in graphics card); Microsoft Windows XP, and major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Suse Linux and gOS.