Intel Cans BTX So AMD Pushes DTX Standard

AMD is developing an open standard specification that it believes will enable the broad adoption of SFF PCs. The standard, which it is calling DTX, will take advantage of existing ATX infrastructure and benefits which include cost-efficiency, system options and backward-compatibility. AMD plans to make a review copy of the specification available in the first quarter of 2007. DTX standard will be designed to embrace energy-efficient processors from AMD or other hardware vendors so that an optimally designed SFF system will consume less power and generate less noise. DTX will be designed to provide improved motherboard layout standardization, while being sensitive to the needs of OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors. Two sizes, DTX and Mini-DTX, are being planned which will allow the production of up to four or six motherboards respectively per standard PCB manufacturing panel.


AMD is developing an open standard specification that it believes will enable the broad adoption of SFF PCs. The standard, which it is calling DTX, will take advantage of existing ATX infrastructure and benefits which include cost-efficiency, system options and backward-compatibility. AMD plans to make a review copy of the specification available in the first quarter of 2007. DTX standard will be designed to embrace energy-efficient processors from AMD or other hardware vendors so that an optimally designed SFF system will consume less power and generate less noise. DTX will be designed to provide improved motherboard layout standardization, while being sensitive to the needs of OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors. Two sizes, DTX and Mini-DTX, are being planned which will allow the production of up to four or six motherboards respectively per standard PCB manufacturing panel. DTX motherboards could be manufactured in as few as four-layers of PCB wiring for cost savings. Backward-compatibility with ATX infrastructure, vendors may gain a low-cost DTX product offering with little development expense. ASUS and MSI have expressed interest in the project.

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