Mini-ITX is a small form factor motherboard standard measuring 17×17 cm (or 6.7×6.7 inches) first developed in 2001 by VIA Technologies and Logic Supply began offering this new form factor in the US shortly afterward. Mini-ITX motherboards offer all the features of a standard PC mainboard, but in a much smaller, energy-efficient package while still being x86 compatible. The advantages and ecosystem of the form factor has fueled its growth and penetration into traditional "embedded" areas. And while Logic Supply has expanded its product line, Mini-ITX remains at its core.
Advantages of Mini-ITX:
- Small systems for space constrained applications – highly-compact mini PCs fit where towers don’t
- Power efficient, but powerful – low power processors ensure system longevity, but Intel options deliver sufficient punch
- COTS lowers cost, speeds time to market – standard, off the shelf motherboards reduce the need for custom development
- A range of suppliers, an established ecosystem – hundreds of board and case options
- Industrial solutions available – wide-temp, rugged, fanless, and long lifecycle board versions all exist
- Modularity and selection yield highly configurable solutions – Mini-ITX enables a customized configurations