Embedded use of Mini-ITX Growing

Posted 15 May 2006 at 18:21 UTC by steve Share This

A new LinuxDevices.com article by Roland Groeneveld suggests that VIA's Mini-ITX form factor motherboards have "crossed the chasm" of acceptance in the embedded community because of their widespread availability and low cost compared to the slightly smaller alternative such as PC/104, ETX, and EPIC. The article includes a graphic comparing the form factors of major PC and embedded board sizes. The article notes among other embedded applications, the growing use the Mini-ITX for robotics, something we've done stories on in the past, including a review of the VIA EPIA 1GHz M10000. VIA's long-awaited Nano-ITX is also mentioned. The Nano-ITX is a full PC motherboard that's just 12cm x 12cm. In addition to countless homebrew and university robots, the Mini-ITX is used in the White Box Robotics' 914 PC-BOT as well as in the RobotEQ robot platform.

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