If you’ve never heard about a “half mini-ITX” motherboard, that’s normal, as I don’t think it’s actually a thing. At least until now, as ECS GLKD-HTI is an Intel Gemini Lake motherboard that’s half the size of a standard mini-ITX motherboard.
The board still comes with the usual HDMI, DisplayPort, USB and Ethernet ports, as well as a SODIMM slot for DDR4-2133 memory, an M.2 socket for 2280 SATA SSDs, as well as a SATA 3.0 port.
- SoC – Choice of Intel Gemini Lake processors with Intel UHD 600 graphics
- System Memory – 1x DDR4 SO-DIMM socket for up to 8GB DDR4 2133 non-ECC memory
- 1x M.2 slot for SSD for 2280 single side SATA SSD
- 1x SATA 3.0 6Gbps connector
- 128 MB SPI Flash for AMI BIOS / UEFI
- Video Output –
- HDMI 1.4a up to 1920×1200
- 1x LVDS connector
- 2x Audio jacks (Line Out, Mic In)
- 1x Speaker header
- 1x front panel MIC/speaker out header
- Realtek ALC662 audio CODEC
- 6-channel DAC supports 16/20/24-bit PCM format for 5.1 channel audio solution
- Voice Cancellation and Key Shifting in Karaoke mode
- Compatible with Direct Sound 3D, A3D, I3DL2, ALC 105
- Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) via Realtek 8111H Ethernet controller
- Optional WiFi and/or Bluetooth via M.2 card
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports, (Note: 3x USB 2.0 ports are also shown in the specs, but it must be a mistake, or they are available through headers)
- 1x M.2 slot for SSD
- 1x M.2 slot for WiFi/BT PCIe Gen 2
- Misc – 1x 3-pin CPU_FAN connector, 1x Front Panel switch/LED header, 1x Serial port header (COM)
- Power Supply – 12V DC via DC jack
- Dimensions – 170 x 85 mm (half mini-ITX form factor)
The company only lists supports for Windows 10 64-bit in the specifications, but it’s highly likely Linux can also run on the motherboard. It’s also a little odd that memory capacity is limited to 8GB and HDMI to version 1.4a, so those may be errors. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to find out in what kind of products this board ends up being used into. One could probably make a Keyboard PC with it…
There’s no word about availability and pricing at this stage. More details may be found on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.