VR-Zone now provides you a glimpse of the Nvidia reference design of their nettop platform based on the MCP79 chipset. This chipset is single chip package and contains MCH, GPU and ICH functionalities so as to remove the needs for cables and offer more IO capabilities than the current Pico standard. This nettop has a 10-layer Pico ITX based motherboard that supports single core Atom 230 or dual core Atom 330, one SO-DIMM slot single channel for DDR3-800/1066/1333 memory, one DVI-I, Gigabit LAN, one USB 2.0 port and one SATA port.

Recently, we revealed that Nvidia has plans to release MCP7A chipset for Atom processors that support SLI and a MCP79 chipset for Nettop platform.

VR-Zone now provides you a glimpse of the Nvidia reference design of their nettop platform based on the MCP79 chipset. This chipset is single chip package and contains MCH, GPU and ICH functionalities so as to remove the needs for cables and offer more IO capabilities than the current Pico standard. This nettop has a 10-layer Pico ITX based motherboard that supports single core Atom 230 or dual core Atom 330, one SO-DIMM slot single channel for DDR3-800/1066/1333 memory, one DVI-I, Gigabit LAN, one USB 2.0 port and one SATA port.

Of course, the OEM makers are allowed to design their own chassis and board and come out with many different design and look. Certainly, we look forward to see ASUS and MSI using this platform for their Eee Box/Top and Wind NetBOX.

Exploded View of the pITX System

pITX Main Board – Component Placement

pITX Main Board – Components

pITX I/O Board (bottom) Connecting to Main Board (top)