Intel will be introducing two new mini motherboards after the first half of the year. Both of the new boards will feature the Atom processor and have passive cooling. The new form factor is intended for home entertainment use and other computing needs where space is a factor. The boards also will incorporate both DVI dual graphics and VGA, wireless and horizontal SO-Dimm. This cuts down on the overall height of the new boards.

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Those who buy it would have to build a custom board for their own needs, according to Norman Cheng, product line manager within Intel’s desktop group.

Johnstown will be available towards the end of the first half of this year. The second board, the DG41MJ (codenamed Misty Lake), was expected to have wider appeal and will be available to the broader channel.

The board is intended for small form factor PCs for home entertainment and daily computing. Misty Lake was Intel’s answer to requests to make a cheaper version of its other options. The small board, which supports Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, has legacy features such as a parallel port, integrated VGA and DVI, Intel High Definition Audio and an integrated 10/100/1000 network connection.

The board is now available for PC manufacturers and system builders to order from Intel distributors. The company was unable to say when it would be more broadly available at the time of publication.

Intel boards have traditionally cost more than boards from other companies. It should be interesting to see if Intel continues this pricing policy.

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