Two lucky members of our team recently returned from Taipei. Their chief reason for the trip was for the awesome karaoke, but Computex was a close second. One of the manufacturers on hand for this year’s show was Advansus (as in Advantech and Asus). They have been in the Mini-ITX game since 2006 and had a wide range of boards on display.
The first board up is an AMD Geode solution. Nothing terribly exciting here, except maybe the LPT1 port that has all but vanished from recent Mini-ITX releases. This board appears to be continuing the trend of hiding its CF adapter on the underside of the board. And although it is a nice option to have, this placement really limits a board’s compatibility with our current case offerings.
This AMD S1 Socketboard is filled to the gills. Just so you don’t have to squint, this board offers: 4 SATA II, 4 COM, 2 Gigabit LAN, 1 PCI, 1 Mini-PCI Express, 1 CF adapter, 8 USB (4 presumably off the rear I/O), 2 SO-DIMM slots, DVI, VGA, and a Dual Channel 18/24-bit LVDS interface. Something else listed that I am not terribly familiar with, is “1 bNAND”, it is obviously referring to some sort of flash storage. The requisite web search reveals little, but it seems to be some sort of integrated storage designed to keep privileged data secure. We would really like to see more low powered S1 CPUs to pair up with this capable AMD/ATI chipset.
We are anxious to get some more Socket P boards in house and this looks like a fine offering. With dual Gigabit LAN, DVI, Intel GMA X3100, 3 SATA (2 are listed here but their site and this picture say otherwise), PCI and CF adapter. I would personally like to see a Mini PCI Express slot, but aside from that there isn’t much to complain about here.
Here is one of two VIA-based Mini-ITX boards from Advansus (VCX700-DCQEI being the other). Dual LVDS interfaces, 2 COMs (one off the rear I/O), 2 IDE channels, and an LPT1 port round out this board’s highlights. We currently don’t have any modern VIA boards that carry a parallel port on its back and we do get quite a few inquiries for this “tried and true” interface.
I for one am very excited about carrying Advansus brand boards. As you can see by the boards here, they certainly have identified the needs of Mini-ITX customers. You can expect to see these boards trickle into stock sometime in Q3.