AMD DTX Specification For Small Form Factor PCs

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External Impressions

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The reference DTX chassis from AMD looks just like the one in the drawing they sent out back in June.  It’s nice to see something go from a computer generated drawing to a real piece of hardware in a matter of months!  The flexibility of the DTX open standard specification enable an array of small form factor designs welcomed anywhere, whether it is the kitchen, living room, or home office. The reference design looks like it could easily go behind a monitor or on a kitchen counter and is pretty small at 354mm wide, 325mm deep and 96 thick. The chassis can be stood upright (like above) or laid flat (like below).

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The only button on the front of the chassis is the power switch, but there is a cover that can be removed to access more goodies.

 

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After the cover is pressed in and pulled away the notebook DVD drive can be seen as well as the memory card reader, dual USB 2.0 ports, headphone and microphone audio ports and finally an empty slot that has no use. Remember, this is a prototype!

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On the rear of the chassis we find the AC power, an RJ-45 port, VGA and DVI video outputs, four USB ports and the audio ports. This means the reference motherboard requires using a USB keyboard and mouse since there are no PS2 ports. The reference DTX chassis can also accommodate two half-height expansion cards as seen on the far right.

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