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History of Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX was originally launched by VIA to showcase chipsets and processors. Following its release, there was a significant interest by consumers, and this led to the formal launch of commercial Mini-ITX boards in 2001. Logic Supply were the first company to make Mini-ITX boards available to the US market in 2003.
Mini-ITX is only 17 x 17 cm (6.7 x 6.7 inches) and offers both full height and low profile I/O options. The smaller footprint of the form factor makes Mini-ITX the perfect choice for discreet installation in industrial and embedded applications.
Selecting Mini-ITX as a form factor definitely doesn't limit your onboard I/O options. The Mini-ITX form factor has the same I/O offerings as an ATX board, all while being housed in a smaller case. Pin-headers can then be used to further increase the I/O options, making sure you have all the ports you need for your application.
Advantages of Mini-ITX
- Small systems for space constrained applications – Compact Mini-ITX PCs fit where towers don’t.
- Power efficient, but highly-capable – Low power processors ensure system longevity, but Intel options deliver sufficient punch.
- COTS lowers cost, speeds time to market – standard, off the shelf Mini-ITX boards 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 customized configurations