ECS has revealed a new Mini-ITX motherboard, the KBN-I. The unit is the world's first motherboard with the Kabini quad-core SoC. This integrates an AMD A6-5200 APU with the Radeon HD 8400 graphics part. The central processing unit runs at a speed of 2.0 GHz. The combination of these two parts yield a TDP of just 25 W.
The unit also features two DDR3-1600 slots, as well as one PCIe x16 slot, two SATA3 slots, and two Mini-PCIe slots, one of which is only half-length. External connectivity is handled by a legacy PS/2 port, a serial port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, Gigabit Ethernet, and three audio jacks.
ECS advertises the board to be up to 25 percent more power efficient. This is compared to current generation low-power platforms. The Kabini chip with the 28 nm Jaguar architecture has a higher IPC and can reduce its energy efficiency dramatically through reducing clock speeds when not taxed with larger loads.
The company gave no word on when the KBN-I/5200 board would be available through retail channels, nor did it release any information on pricing.
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That's nice, but I wouldn't touch an ECS product with a 100' pole.Reply
I'd like to use a Kabini board, preferably with an A4-5000, to build a computer for my grandmother. Does anyone have any idea when these will actually go on sale? I keep seeing reveals of various motherboards by different companies featuring Kabini chips, but can't find any info on when consumers will actually be able to purchase any of them.Reply
"The Kabini chip with the 28 nm Jaguar architecture has a higher IPC and can reduce its energy efficiency dramatically through reducing clock speeds when not taxed with larger loads."Reply
I think you meant reduce energy consumption...