Pentium M goes micro ATX


— 5:07 AM on September 2, 2003

I noticed over at The Inquirer that RadiSys has a micro ATX Pentium M motherboard based on Intel's 855 chipset. The LS855 is available without a CPU, or with a 1.3 or 1.6GHz Pentium M processor. Check out the specs:

  • Supports 479-pin Pentium M processors
  • Up to 2GB ECC DDR SDRAM
  • AGP/ADD slot for other display interfaces
  • Single 10/100 Ethernet port
  • AC97 audio
  • 3 PCI slots
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
The board supports all the 855 chipset's power-saving features, and with an AGP slot, could make a sporty little LAN gaming rig. However, I'm not too enthused about the fact the LS855 supports only two PC1600 or PC2100 DIMMs. Firewire and Serial ATA support would be nice to have, too.

As a desktop Pentium M platform, the LS855 is certainly a start. Let's hope the board sells well and convinces other manufacturers to experiment with desktop Pentium M platforms.

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