Intel ships first FlexATX motherboard

Intel ships first FlexATX motherboard

Intel said yesterday it has started shipping distributors and system integrators a new motherboard designed for smaller and sleeker desktop PCs.

Built around Intel's 810E chipset with integrated 3D graphics, the D810EMO motherboard supports the full range of 370-pin pin grid array (PGA) Celeron and Pentium III processors and can house up to 256MB of synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) in a single dual inline memory module (DIMM) slot, Intel said in a statement.

The board supports 66MHz, 100MHz and 133MHz front-side bus speeds, and the speedy Ultra ATA/66 storage interface. Other features include two universal serial bus (USB) ports as well as an onboard Creative Technology SoundBlaster audio and a local area network controller, Intel said.

Billed by Intel as a "reduced-legacy" design, the motherboard also features a low-power function called Suspend-to-RAM for speedier access to the system.

Some 30 per cent smaller than a standard ATX motherboard, the FlexATX form factor measures 9 x 7.5 inches. It is also smaller than the 9.6 x 8 inch microATX design.

The D810EMO is expected to carry a retail price from $US140 to $145, Intel said.

A major supplier of motherboards, chip giant Intel last week offered to replace as many as one million motherboards designed around its 820 chipset, which had shipped with a faulty memory translator hub component.

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