With Intel's Bay Trail platform and Silvermont Atom cores in the news for tablets, we have spotted their use in mini-ITX platforms as far pack as Computex 2013 where model numbers of Celeron Silvermont systems were on display.  While these platforms are aimed at embedded systems on the desktop side, there is a small inkling that SFF PCs and AIOs will benefit too.  To this extent, ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) has revealed their initial mini-ITX Bay Trail-D lineup, codename 'BAT-I'.

The difference in designation will be the CPU name in the product: the three products will offer a Pentium J2850 (quad core, 2.4 GHz), a Celeron J1850 (quad core, 2 GHz) and a Celeron J1750 (dual core, 2.4 GHz).  All systems are paired with Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge based), one mPCIe 2.0 x1 slot, one USB 3.0 port and two SATA 3 Gbps, as well as two COM ports.

Aside from the passive heatsinks (the SoCs have a Max TDP of 10W) these systems will need DDR3L-1333 SODIMM memory, and the HDMI/VGA will support 1080p and BluRay playback.  Due to the price point and feature set, they fall under ECS' 'Essentials' range like the KBN-I, whereas the Deluxe/Pro ranges are reserved for more prominent builds.

I have requested release dates and pricing, update to follow.

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  • jasont21 - Thursday, October 24, 2013 - link

    I've only been able to find the below. Unfortunately, they're targeted towards industrial applications and also use the embedded Bay Trail I chips. That means they're going to be too expensive for individuals only buying a few.

    3.5" SBC - 5.75" x 4"

    Portwell NANO-6060
    Nano-ITX - 4.72” x 4.72”

    Axiomtek CAPA841
    3.5" SBC - 5.75" x 4"

    DFI BT551
    3.5" SBC - 5.75" x 4"
  • StardogChampion - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - link

    I hope to see some of these Bay Trail-D motherboards in thin mini-ITX form -- so with on-board power and mSATA. Same for Kabini. We build mini-ITX systems and with these, we can go even smaller. Very exciting!
  • StardogChampion - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - link

    Any idea how many USB2 headers? I see mSATA -- nice.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, October 24, 2013 - link

    There's one marked as USB2 next to the battery. I think that might be the only one though; the 4 9 pin headers near the power cable have the opposite orientation.
  • StardogChampion - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - link

    Oh, guess that's mini-PCIe not mSATA
  • ShieTar - Thursday, October 24, 2013 - link

    If you go any smaller you'd seem to end up building yourself a tablet without a screen, wouldn't you?
  • Jaybus - Thursday, October 24, 2013 - link

    No. ITX is 17x17 cm. nano-ITX is 12x12 cm. Most of the SBCs are around 12x13 cm. So they are a good bit smaller than a tablet in width and height, but designed for much thicker cases so they can have Ethernet ports, full size USB ports, COM ports, etc. Tablets are thin for ease of carrying and hand holding, but are sorely lacking in i/o capabilities. They really aren't that like a tablet. More like a miniature PC.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, October 24, 2013 - link

    In addition to what JayBus wrote, the actual main board in a tablet is normally much smaller than the tablet as a whole. You can look at tear-downs on iFixIt; but an inch wide strip running the length of one side is a reasonable abstraction/average. Even the 100x100mm boxes intended to sit between an LCD and VESA monitor stand have room for a PCB than most tablets.
  • bobbozzo - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - link

    Hi, if mini-ITX isn't too big, ASRock has one or two dual-NIC Avoton boards coming soon:

  • ls1dreams - Thursday, November 7, 2013 - link

    Can someone explain to me the differences between all the different celeron and baytrail chips? I'm seeing things like the Z3370 (z prefix), Jxxx, Exxx, and Nxxx for celerons.

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