Earlier this month, Kontron has unveiled a Mini-ITX PC motherboard (KTT30/mITX) that is equipped with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor. If you are not familiar with mini-ITX, it is a 17x17mm motherboard format that has been used in small PC for years. This means that this motherboard would be compatible with a huge number of PC cases for companies which want to build a low-power Windows 8 RT or Android machine.
The Tegra 3 chip is one of the variants used in many modern tablets, and Kontron says that it will run at only 900MHz, which is a little weird given that the latest version found in the Asus Infinity Pad TF700 can go as high as 1.7GHz. Kontron says that this is not meant for the general public, but for professional applications instead (medical, public display etc..) – in that case, even 900MHz should be enough to get the job done.
The motherboard has many of the standard I/O like HDMI and USB, but also some that have disappeared from consumer computers for a while, like RS-232. On the photo, you can see the Ethernet and audio ports as well. In case people want to extend it, there are two mini-PCI ports – the same ones found in many laptops to add storage or 3G functionality. At this time, there is no public pricing for this product. More about Kontron and ARM.
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