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."

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