Intel to push VIA's Mini-ITX form factor?

— 11:19 AM on January 23, 2007

VIA's Mini-ITX form factor is currently best known for the tiny VIA Epia-based systems based around it, but Intel itself might endorse the standard in the future. According to DigiTimes, Intel plans to push Mini-ITX for small-form-factor PCs starting in the second quarter of this year. Unsurprisingly, the chipmaker won't endorse VIA's own hardware. Instead, Intel will supposedly recommend that PC makers base their Mini-ITX systems around SiS's SiS662 chipset, which is compatible with Core 2 Duo processors and has both PCI Express support and built-in Mirage 1 integrated graphics. If this rumor is true, the move might be a response to AMD's upcoming DTX small-form-factor standard. AMD announced DTX around two weeks ago and said the specification would go public later this quarter.

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