BTX motherboards to hit volume in H2 2004
Flatscreen displays and SFF systems have made desktop PC's with smaller footprints fashionable. iSuppli predicts that this trend will continue with the new Balanced Technology Extended (BTX) motherboard interface.
BTX offers greater flexibility than ATX and microATX by supporting not only different board sizes, but also different system heights. There are two heights defined in the BTX specification for developers to use in their designs. The standard height is similar to the height defined in the ATX-family form factor. An additional, lower profile height is defined for use where it is important to reduce the overall size of the system.
With optimized support for Serial ATA and PCI Express, BTX motherboards are expected to hit volume some time during the second half of 2004.