BTX ready to charm the channel

Intel has announced that a bevy of BTX-based components are now available through its worldwide distribution channel. The BTX product range, previously only available to OEM partners, opens the door for smaller systems builders to create PCs based on sleek new form factors.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  November 16, 2004

Intel has announced that a bevy of BTX-based components are now available through its worldwide distribution channel. The BTX product range, previously only available to OEM partners, opens the door for system builders to create PCs based on sleek new form factors. Balanced Technology Extended (BTX) products is a new form factor that allows system builders to produce PCs with a better balance in thermal management, system size and shape, and acoustics — critical factors in the development of next generation desktop PCs for the digital home and office. Seen as a natural successor to the current Advanced Technology Extended (ATX) architecture, Intel claims that BTX platforms run quieter, can handle high-performance applications and offer a scalable system that meets lower price points. Intel’s portfolio of BTX products for the channel includes thermal modules, motherboards, chassis and power supplies. “The current industry standard ATX was introduced in 1995, and as technology has evolved, new challenges have arisen that are increasingly difficult for ATX to handle,” said Bill Kirby, director of platform marketing at Intel's desktop products group. “The BTX form factor specification was developed as an evolutionary step to the ATX form factor to address these issues, and we expect it to eventually replace ATX as the industry standard.” Leading vendors including AOpen, ASUS, FIC, Foxconn, Gigabyte, MSI and Shuttle have already started offering BTX-based solutions to the market. With the core components now available through Intel's global distribution network, channel partners will be able to drive the transition from ATX to BTX and increase the adoption of new form factors in the global PC market.

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