DN2800MT Intels mini ITX Cedar Trail Atom motherboards are here

With CES going on we almost missed that Intel quietly added all of its new Cedar Trail powered mini-ITX motherboards to its website. The company has launched five new models targeting a wide range of different market segments and some of the boards are actually quite decent, considering we're talking Intel motherboards here.

With CES going on we almost missed that Intel quietly added all of its new Cedar Trail powered mini-ITX motherboards to its website. The company has launched five new models targeting a wide range of different market segments and some of the boards are actually quite decent, considering we're talking Intel motherboards here.

Intel seems to have skipped a couple of models that were initially expected, although in this case it would just have been some minor differences between the boards, such as DVI connector or not for one model and the other would've been given a CPU boost and a DVI port. Most of the new boards are not intended for consumers, although one or maybe two models could be quite appealing for HTPC builders, while the other three models aren't very likely to appeal even to your granny.

D2500HN Intels mini ITX Cedar Trail Atom motherboards are here

Starting at the very bottom we have the D2500HN also known as Houlton and this is a legacy board with very basic connectivity and as the model name implies, an Atom D2500 CPU. Intel was supposed to launch a model of Houlton with a D2700 CPU and a DVI port, but this board seems to have been scrapped. Intel is targeting this board towards entry-level desktop systems which in Intel speak these days seem to mean developing countries.

Although not on the picture of the board we have, there is a SKU of the D2500HN that will apparently have a mini PCI Express slot for Wi-Fi or WiMax support. Other features include a pair of SO-DIMM's for up to 4GB of RAM, a PCI slot, two SATA ports, a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, a serial and parallel port, a D-sub connector, Gigbit Ethernet and stereo audio.

D2500CC Intels mini ITX Cedar Trail Atom motherboards are here

Intel's only other Atom D2500 model is the D2500CC or Canoe Creek as it's also known as. This model is for industrial applications and digital signage and he basic feature set is the same as for the D2500HN, although some things have been moved around a bit. The parallel port got moved to a header to make space for a DVI port and two serial ports and there are now two PS/2 ports as well as a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports. The board also has an LVDS connector that would be used to drive an LCD screen, a feature you wouldn't find on your average consumer motherboard. The audio has also been upgraded to 5.1-channels, but everything else remains largely the same.

D2700MUD Intels mini ITX Cedar Trail Atom motherboards are here

Next up we have the D2700MUD or Mount Union. This board is nearly identical to the D2500N but it has a faster Atom D2700 CPU. In addition to the faster CPU, the serial port has been replaced with a DVI port and the board has a special USB connector that can be fitted with one of Intel's Z-U130 USB SSDs which really are more of a glorified USB stick with SLC NAND on it, available in capacities from 1GB to 8GB. This board also has an LVDS connector as well as a mini PCI Express slot and it's targeting the same market space as the D2500CC.