Gigabyte has announced the debut of its latest motherboard series based on the Thin Mini-ITX form factor. The new Gigabyte H77TN and B75TN motherboards let users create their own slim and compact All-In-One (AIO) PC designs that adhere to Intel’s AIO PC specifications. The company has also released a video that shows you how you can make your own AIO PC using the motherboards.
As per the press release, it features a low profile design that the company claims is 43 percent thinner than traditional Mini-ITX motherboards. The Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX motherboards offer a standard PC experience with performance and specification options that you’d expect from a traditional desktop PC setup. In addition, the motherboards also offer power input and IO expansion specifications that make them suitable for a range of commercial and industrial PC designs that also conform to Intel’s Thin Mini-ITX specification.
“Gigabyte’s Thin Mini-ITX motherboards underline our commitment to the desktop PC market and cement our leadership position in the high growth AIO segment,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. “By embracing new form factors like Thin Mini-ITX, Gigabyte is enabling continued innovation in desktop PC design while also opening doors to market segments, such as industrial PCs, that we have not traditionally serviced.”
The Thin Mini-ITX motherboards let you build your own AIO PC
“IDC is expecting the AIO growth rate to be about 26 percent over the next three years. It is no surprise that AIO is the hot growth market for desktop systems in 2013 and beyond. We are thrilled to see Gigabyte participating in the development of this important AIO ecosystem”, said Steve Dallman, Intel Vice President for the Reseller Channel. “In particular, we are excited to see Gigabyte enabling new products, based on the Intel B75 and H77 Express chipsets, for both small business and home platforms. I look forward to the new AIO systems, built upon these new GIGABYTE Thin Mini-ITX motherboards that will soon be in the market”.
The Gigabyte H77TN and B75TN motherboards are based on the Intel H77 and B75 chipsets supporting 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Core processors. Measuring at just 17 x 17 cm and a mere 2.5 cm high, Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX motherboards also integrate flexible power specifications that include a selectable panel power driver, selectable back light power including 12v and 19v options, and a wide 12v to 19v voltage input range for a variety of power source options.
The motherboards also offer IO flexibility with a x4 PCI Express expansion slot accompanied by both mSATA and Mini PCIe slots offering a range of modern and legacy IO options.
Thin Mini-ITX builds on the 17 x 17 cm Mini-ITX form factor, adding an additional 2.5 cm IO shield height limitation that ensures compatibility with thinner chassis and builds. Other optimisations such as CPU socket placement and SODIMM memory come together to make a form factor that is built to power system designs that don’t compromise on performance and features.
Several All-in-One chassis designs that follow Thin Mini-ITX guidelines are currently available and dozens more expected later in 2013, Most of the chassis combine touch-capable HD displays, internal cooling component and are geared to work seamlessly with Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX motherboards.
The motherboards are geared towards slim-line industrial and commercial spaces including POS systems, casino gaming PCs, industrial PCs and digital signage units. However a Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX motherboard is also supposedly a viable starting point for any DIY user or enthusiast builder looking to create their own All-in-One PC.
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