Intel cooks up next-gen mini-ITX motherboard

Over a year ago, we heard reports that Intel planned to start endorsing VIA's Mini-ITX form factor. The semiconductor giant didn't plan a huge push, mind you—it selected SiS's Core 2 Duo-compatible SiS662 chipset for the occasion, and to this day only a handful of Intel Mini-ITX motherboards have seen the light of day.

This will all change soon, if a report by Expreview is accurate. According to the Chinese site, Intel plans to move the form factor to the front lines by releasing a Mini-ITX board based on its forthcoming G45 integrated graphics chipset. The G45 is expected to feature DirectX 10-class integrated graphics with HDMI output capability, not to mention support for 45nm processors with 1333MHz front-side bus speeds. This DG45FC motherboard will apparently feature both DVI and HDMI outputs, coupled with one external Serial ATA port, four internal SATA ports with RAID capability, dual-channel DDR2-800 memory slots, and one PCI Express x1 slot.

Expreview has word that the DG45FC is scheduled to hit the market "before June." Judging by the aforementioned features, this offering should pack a considerable amount of punch in a very tight space—especially if paired with one of Intel's 45nm Core 2 Duo processors. The amount of cooling required for such a system may exceed that of other Mini-ITX configurations, though.

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