Intel announced the first availability of the Balanced Technology Extended (BTX) form factor in the worldwide distribution channel, with BTX-based products including boxed processors, motherboards, PC chassis, power supplies, and thermal modules from a number of suppliers. An industry event is being held in Taipei Monday in conjunction with the announcement to demonstrate the broad and growing adoption of the new BTX form factor in the desktop computing industry.
For the first time, Intel is shipping boxed desktop building blocks based on BTX into the worldwide distribution channel. This includes boxed processors with a BTX-compatible thermal solution and the Intel(R) Desktop Board D915GMH (microBTX). Specifically, IntelÂ® boxed processors â€“ the IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® 4 processor 530J, 550J, and 560J supporting Hyper-Threading Technology â€“ will be offered in units that include a BTX Type I Thermal Module. In addition, Intel is shipping the IntelÂ® Desktop Board D915GMH, a microBTX-based motherboard featuring the IntelÂ® 915G Express chipset that is offered in two configurations with ideal features for either the digital home or the digital office.
The BTX form factor is a key element supporting Intelâ€™s digital home and digital office visions. Relative to the current industry standard (ATX), BTX enables high performance platforms that run quieter and meet the lower price points that these market segments demand. BTX also enables the industry to offer unique system profiles such as small form factors, Cube PCs, and Entertainment PCs using standard components with significantly reduced cost structure as compared to custom solutions or ATX.
For more information:
Intel Pressroom: Virtual Press Kit for Balanced Technology Extended (BTX): http://www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/p4/btx/
Balanced Technology Extended (BTX) Channel Resource Center: http://www.intel.com/go/btx