BTX on its way out of the retail market?
Three years ago, Intel hailed its new BTX form factor as a long-overdue replacement for the ATX standard. BTX was largely designed to cope with the increasing power consumption of the Netburst-based Pentium 4 processors on Intel's roadmap at the time, but the company's newfound emphasis on power efficiency coupled with compatibility problems with AMD's K8 chips seem to have kept BTX from being widely adopted outside of large PC makers. Hexus now has word from a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan that Intel won't be introducing any new BTX products in the retail channel next year. The form factor may survive in the OEM market, the site says, but customers hoping to build their own BTX PCs could be SOL.