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By | Tony Smith 5th June 2008 15:16

VIA takes tiny mobo spec to second generation

Mini-ITX 2.0 launched

Computex VIA has launched the second generation of its Mini-ITX micro motherboard form-factor.

Mini-ITX 2.0 retains the 17 x 17cm size of its predecessor, but now mandates a chipset capable of hosting a PCI Express x16 slot for a graphics card. The chipset should have sufficient integrated graphical horsepower to handle DirectX 9 graphics - the add-in slot's present for folk who want DirectX 10.

Naturally, VIA hopes mobo makers and DIY PC folk will opt, respectively, for its own system chippery and CPU technology, such as - it said wherever possible - its Nano processor.

And since VIA's pals with Nvidia at the moment, how about a GeForce to fill that PCIe slot, sir?

VIA's Mini-ITX 2.0

VIA's vision of Mini-ITX 2.0

VIA's spec calls for a VGA port on the board, with HDMI delivered by the add-in card. What, no DisplayPort? HD sound is part of the spec too, with a trio of audio connectors for multi-channel output.

The board should provide two 3Gb/s SATA drives ports and a parallel ATA connector, plus Gigabit Ethernet and at least four USB 2.0 ports. The mobo should allow up to 2GB of DDR 2 memory to be installed.

VIA said it expects to see Mini-ITX motherboards on store shelves in Q4.

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