Abit readies Core Duo board with HDMI
DailyTech received word about an upcoming Abit
IL-80MV motherboard that is claimed to be the world's first with an
HDMI connector. HDMI is an interface that allows the transmission of
High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection-encrypted multi-channel audio
and high-definition video through a single cable with a small, 19-pin
connector. Aside from HDMI, the IL-80MV reportedly sports an Intel 945GT
chipset, as well as a microATX form factor and an mPGA479 socket
designed to accommodate Intel's Core Duo mobile processor (and,
DailyTech claims, mobile Core 2 Duos once they ship).
Despite those features, the board offers neither a PCI-E x16 nor an AGP
slot, and it lacks a DVI output along with VGA and HDMI. Furthermore,
board photos only show two memory slots, two Serial ATA ports, and a
single IDE connector. The IL-80MV looks like an ideal candidate for home
theater PCs, and Abit seems to have tailored it for that purpose.
According to DailyTech, the board is expected to enter mass-production
in June and to hit shelves "that same month."