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Industrial Mini-ITX Integration and Solution
Industrial Mini-ITX Integration and Solution

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So I see many people say they like AMD processors more or they like Intel processors more. What is the advantages and disadvantages(if any) of both companies processors?

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December Highlight: Travla T2240 2U Rackmount Chassis

Raid Application Server
Accepts 2 Mini-ITX motherboards
One PCI expansion slots for each motherboard
2 x front access Hot-swap SATA drive bay for each motherboard
4 x 80mm fan (2 at front & 2 at side) for heat dissipation

Learn more: http://www.casetronic.com/corporates/56-t2240.html
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ASUS First Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard: Q87T/CSM

ASUS has recently released its first thin mini-itx form factor motherboard with the Intel Q87 chipset.
 
The Q87T is a promising motherboard utilizing the Intel Q87 chipset. The board is about 40% thinner than regular mini-itx boards, making it a good choice for compact, all in one (AIO) slim mini-itx desktop PC’s,
 
The motherboard has all the features of a standard mini-itx motherboard.  The Q87 chipset supports most 4th generation Intel CPUs like Core i3/i5/i7, Celeron, and Pentium with a maximum TDP of 65W using a standard thin mini-itx Intel heat sink. For other processor that has a TDP of 84W, ASUS recommends using a standard socket 1155 or 1150 heatsink. 
 
Asus provides two mini PCIe slots, one half-length and the other full-length with mSATA support. Additionally, using two SO-DIMM slots instead of the larger DIMM slots for memory has allowed the manufacturer to reposition the CPU socket to make space for other features.
 
Two other key features on this board is that it supports the new 4K Ultra HD, which compared to the standard 1080P HD graphics, has four times the amount of pixels at 4096 x 2160, utilizing either the HDMI or Display port provided onboard.  The second key feature is that ASUS did away with the 24-pin ATX power plug that you would see on most standard boards, whereas the Q87 has an onboard built-in DC board, allowing users to utilize an external AC adapter instead of the bunch of cables flopping from the 24-pin ATX plug.
 
ASUS recommends using this board for all-in-one and ultra slim systems with thin power supplies and thin video outputs. However, we think it will be a perfect choice for DIY hobbyist and system integrators alike. And given the “Corporate Stable Model” classification by ASUS, this motherboard should stay in the market for 12-18 months, promising a longer availability when compared to other boards in the market that last 5-6 months at a time.
 
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Q87TCSM
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Travla C294 case with ASUS H81i-Plus on assembly this week at Casetronic.
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Intel embraces ARM architecture 
After reigning supreme over the Wintel era with its x86 architecture, Intel Corp has begun to see the writing on the wall as its attempt to win the rivalry with the nimbler ARM architecture that largely powers the mobile revolution has failed to find much traction. *However, intel still leads its rivals in chip fabrication technology having mastered 14nm process while the ARM rivals are entering the 22nm era. In order to monetize its fabrication skills more efficiently, Intel is entering fab business by entering alliance with Altera. Intel is hoping to capture the server market with high end 64bit quadra core ARM processors employing 14nm fabrication technology. 

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Supermicro A1SAI-2750F-O Mini-ITX Motherboard
 
Recently, there has been a buzz in the industry about the new Supermicro A1SAI-2750F mini-itx motherboard. Supermicro has always been at the edge of the server market, catering to industrial PC builders and enthusiastic hobbyist alike. Now, the sever board manufacturer has introduced the Intel Atom C2750F 8-Core mini-itx motherboard. Casetronic is a solutions provider for mini-itx form factor, and you can see how this has got us excited. There are motherboards in Supermicro’s lineup that run from workstation boards to consumer focused boards, but Supermicro has always been the to-go manufacturer for most of our server configurations.
 
When we saw the powerful motherboard out in the market, most of us needed to have our jaws scraped off the floor. Never before has anyone here thought that there would be  anything coming out from an Intel Atom chipset that pushed more than a dual core processor.  Indeed, the A1SAI-2750F is a powerful component and one especially liked by our testers. Currently, we have found an ASRock embedded C2750D4I motherboard with the same chipset and surely many more to come. But what we like most about the Supermicro board is the quality factor. This platform makes it an ideal partner for networking appliance or web server node building block.
 
The Intel Atom Avoton C2750 processor boasts an 8-Core CPU at only 20W. This powerhouse is as fast as a Haswell i3 chipset using less than half the power. It even beats the Intel Xeon E3 in power consumption while sustaining similar applications. The motherboard is densely packed and you can find the Marvell Ethernet transceiver which would very well explain the high pricing.
 
Although it is a compact mini-itx form factor, this small board has the makings of an efficient server board. You can find four DDR3 SO-DIMM slots up to 32GB, four network ports with one dedicated IPMI LAN port, and one PCI-Express 2.0 x8 slot. As is customary with mini-itx solutions, scalability is limited when compared to a full size ATX thus making this board more of a low end server workstation component. Other features include front access USB 3.0 connectors, an internal Type-A USB 3.0 header, six SATA3/SATA2 ports for all your storage needs, and interestingly a Molex connector for a directly powered hard drive. Supermicro has included legacy VGA and COM ports along with four USB 3.0/2.0 connectors on the IO.
 
Not surprisingly, the supply of Intel Avoton is still constrained but here’s to hoping that will change soon. Nevertheless, this chipset is set to revolutionize the computing industry. Some applications we would recommend this to our clients would be microserver sized deployments, storage server and low end firewall/pbx appliance. We have been waiting for a readily accessible high core count architecture that allows fast paced networking while maintaining low power consumption. Guess what folks, it’s here!

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A good read for Mini-ITX enthusiast

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Celebrating Casetronic's first day on Google+.
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