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AMD Has No Plans To Push BTX Boards ! - 11/30/2004 8:17:05 PM   
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When we attended a joint Via/AMD press conference last week, we asked the AMD rep whether the firm would be giving any support to the BTX form factor, pioneered by Intel.

His answer was that AMD had no plans to back BTX, and any intention to do so would depend on customers demanding it. This is AMD speak for no, we won't be promoting it at all.

The problem is, he explained, is that system specs have to be designed just so, with every element of a BTX based system having to be precision engineered and thoroughly tested.

This news coincides with an announcement from a firm called FSP, which said today that it has been selected by Intel as a "seed manufacturer". This isn't poppy seeds, it's a power supply manufacturer which introduced the BXT compliant FSP275-50BW and FSP200-50PLJ power supplies earlier this month.

Intel announced the BTX specifications and claims that it is its integrated solution for reducing noise, and making better thermally managed systems.

Indeed, according to FSP, Intel predicts that by 2006, 50 per cent of PCs will use BTX, and it will introduce its Intel-approved PSUs early next year.

Roadmaps seen by the INQUIRER show that there are indeed quite a few Intel own motherboards coming out with BTX during the next several months, including a "micro" BTX size. But it isn't dispensing with ATX and micro ATX for a good while yet. And we presume it's persuaded some of its motherboard partners to adopt BTX too, although when we talked to a few of them at Computex earlier this year, they seemed a little lukewarm about it all.

Whatever happened to that great hope of yesteryear, the NLX form factor?


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