ECS GLKD-HTI is a “Half mini-ITX” motherboard with Gemini Lake processor

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.

half mini-itx motherboardECS GLKD-HTI “half mini-ITX” motherboard specifications:

  • 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
  • Storage
    • 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
  • Audio
    • 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
  • Connectivity
    • 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)
  • Expansion
    • 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)

ECS GLKD-HIT motherboardThe 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.

Via Liliputing and MiniMachines.

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Nd D
Nd D
4 months ago

quickly likely?

TLS
TLS
4 months ago

You’d be willing about it not being a thing, as VIA was the first ones to do this form factor with it’s APC boards and system back in 2012 https://apc.io/

TLS
TLS
4 months ago

Wrong, not willing…

willy
willy
4 months ago

Interesting specs. However I can’t see the M2 connectors.
Some might want to put that under a keyboard to provide a powerful alternative to rpi400.

Frank Earl
4 months ago

If you’re willing to spend, you can get a LOT of, “powerful alternatives,” for a Pi400.

$500 or so versus $100.

What amazes me about this crowd is that they keep trying to come up with “powerful alternatives”- but are unwilling to spend the money to get one. It belies a lack of understanding about the engineering, etc. involved with ANY of it. If you want powerful… Stick to hand-building PCs folks.

Frank Earl
4 months ago

Unless they’ve done something to the EFI BIOS, it should run Linux. That being said… ECS’ quality control sometimes leaves a bit to be desired.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

Neat little form factor, bad single-channel memory.

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
4 months ago

SATA m.2 disk only?

Pleh
Pleh
4 months ago

the gemini late and 8gb cap is a hard cockblock

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

Depends on the price, which I’m sure will be too high.

8 GB is the max memory for Gemini Lake +Refresh. But it can at least be in dual-channel, which is not the case here.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

Hey Jean-Luc, all of the Gemini Lake (Goldmont Plus) SKUs support a maximum of 8 GB according to ARK. In fact, if it has UHD 600 graphics and not UHD 605, we can infer that the choice is between the dual-core Celeron J4025 and quad-core Celeron J4125. As for HDMI:

“Integrated native HDMI 2.0 display controller (Goldmont only supported HDMI 1.4 natively)”

So they may be cheaping out there.

There are leaks for the Intel Jasper Lake (Tremont) lineup, but nothing about max memory yet. I guess they might get announced next week at CES.

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 months ago

> This has been discussed several times here, but I can’t find the threads.

IMO the best idea is to link to ODROID wiki with a list of working and non-working modules: https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid-h2/hardware/ram#confirmed_ram_modules

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

I’m disappointed in myself and with Intel.

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