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The IL-80MV features both 15-pin analog and HDMI output
The ultimate small form factor dream is finally realized

We just got word from Universal Abit that the company is on its way to unveil the first HDMI certified motherboard.  The motherboard, dubbed Abit IL-80MV, is a 945GT motherboard designed specifically for Yonah (and eventually Merom).

The motherboard features a 667MHz front side bus and the ICH7m-DH southbridge.  A Core 2 Duo (Merom) processor is capable of taking advantage of the full DDR2 533MHz bus as well.  Firewire, dual SATA 3.0Gbps interfaces and optical HDA input/outputs are all standard on the IL-80MV.  Of course, the news shocker is that this motherboard features 15-pin D-sub analog and HDMI video out.  With the AACS decoder, the HDMI output will support HDCP signals -- making it perfect for a Vista-compatible display or a high definition TV.

Most non-HTPC features have been removed on this motherboard, such as a PEG interface.  The motherboard does feature a single PCIe x1 lane device, which might make sense for an HDTV Wonder or WiFi adaptor.  The final board revision will feature a special OTES cooling solution that is not featured in the preliminary photos we have so far.

Universal Abit employees tell us the motherboard is in the final phases of getting AACS certification from Silicon Image.  The board is expected to enter into mass production this June, with retail availability that same month.  A price for the motherboard has not been set yet, but it is expected to retail on the lower end of 945GT motherboards since most features, like a PCIe x16 adaptor, are not present.

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PS/2, please die already
By ninjit on 5/11/2006 1:34:30 AM , Rating: 3
Why the hell do companies still put PS/2 ports on their motherboards?

It's high time we moved away from legacy ports completely.
And for those who still need em, you can always get a cheap PS/2 to USB adpater.

RE: PS/2, please die already
By Bladen on 5/11/2006 2:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
So you can have more free USB ports.

RE: PS/2, please die already
By Tyler 86 on 5/11/2006 8:42:55 AM , Rating: 1
You can fit 4 or 5 USB ports in the place of 2 PS/2 ports.

RE: PS/2, please die already
By George Powell on 5/11/2006 9:02:30 AM , Rating: 2
My keyboard doesn't work with one of these adapters, and it's not that old.

Last time I looked I had 5 USB devices attached directly to the PC and a further 4 on the hub on my monitor.

RE: PS/2, please die already
By dnd728 on 5/11/2006 1:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
You're getting a Dell, dude! ;)

RE: PS/2, please die already
By Trisped on 5/11/2006 1:49:30 PM , Rating: 3
PS2 is static in BIOS, so you have to have the interrupts for it weather it is there or not.
It is also more stable. I have used many USB mice and keyboards and sometimes the OS drops them, sometimes they drop themselves, sometimes a game bogs down your system and the IRQ is not capable of over coming it. You also don't want to bog down your mouse connection while you are playing an FPS with a USB drive or some other peripheral increasing the latency.

PS2 is quick, cheep, easy, safe, and until we replace BIOS, here to stay.

RE: PS/2, please die already
By Wwhat on 5/11/2006 9:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
Safe is a controversial remark, ps/2 can fry your mobo if they didn't protect the ps/2 ports, and many mobo's don't.

RE: PS/2, please die already
By Oscarine on 5/19/2006 11:14:50 AM , Rating: 2
I agree I bought a Abit Max whatever board ages ago that was legacy free and surprise.. I've never thought to myself.. gee I'm missing that PS/2 or Serial port right now

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