Watch out, Atom CPUs and AMD APUs, there's a new contender vying for the attention of small box HTPC enthusiasts: Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Wait, what? Isn't that a mobile processor? Theoretically, but that hasn't stopped Kontron from creating
the world's first mini-ITX Tegra 3 processor
, complete with an itty bitty footprint and an equally itty bitty 7W power requirement.
We first heard about t
he 6.7-by-6.7-inch KTT30/mITX from Oliver at FanlessTech
. (Which, by the way, is a great resource for silent/quiet PC aficionados.) The embedded quad-core Tegra 3 processor receives a bit of an underclocking, at 900MHz rather than 1.2GHz, but the mobo comes equipped with a host of options you'd expect to see in a traditional x86-based board, such as expandable RAM, S/PDIF, an HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet and a pair of SD card slots. You'll also find three PCIe slots: one's straight-up, another's PCIe/mSATA, while the third has a SIM socket for 3G card support. Finally, there's also CSI/DSI camera support and a pair of RS232 connections for more industrial-type applications.
The Tegra 3's graphical chops make this mobo capable of handling 1080p video and onboard H264 MPEG-4 processing. What the board lacks, however, is release details: Kontron hasn't ponied up pricing or availability info. You interested?