IF THERE WAS any doubt that AMD’s Brazos platform was going to become popular with the board partners or not, then the news that AMD has at least eight retail motherboard partners with a current total of 18 board designs on the way, should put that doubt to rest. The interesting thing here is that we’re just talking motherboard design wins here, it doesn’t include various small form factor barebone and system design wins.
Computerbase has gotten their hands on a slide from an AMD presentation revealing how many solutions each of AMD’s board partners are working on. As such we’re looking at four boards each from Asus and Gigabyte, although Asus will offer two mini ITX as well as two mATX boards whereas Gigabyte will offer four different mini ITX models. MSI will have a mATX board as well as two mini ITX models. Biostar and ASRock are both working on two unknown models and ECS, Foxconn and Sapphire will each offer a mini ITX model.
These are all consumer models as far as we’re aware and shouldn’t include embedded boards. Many of the boards have already been announced, including all of Asus’ models, as well as a model each from ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire so far. As for the others, we’re just going to have to wait and see what they have planned, although we wouldn’t expect any huge surprises, as there’s only so much that can be done with the platform.
We’re still missing a few companies from the list, as we know that PowerColor/TUL is working on a solution or two that’s not on the list. On top of that we’d expect to see at least a board or two from Zotac, again a company not on the list, especially as the company has already announced SFF solutions based on AMD’s Brazos platform. ECS is also said to be readying a barebone solution according to the details leaked from AMD. Hopefully we’ll be seeing most of the yet unannounced products on display at CeBit in early March, as this should give AMD’s partners a bit more time to finish off their projects than what CES offered.S|A
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