Its been made known a short while ago that AMD are developing a new small form factor "DTX" case standard, this designed to unify various proprietory SFFs currently in use.
DTX will be an open industry standard available to all case, motherboard and system manufacturers, but will not be limited to AMD-based products.
There will be two DTX standards available -- DTX and mini-DTX. The current DTX specification will only define a few requirements, the primary of which are motherboard mounting points and keep-out areas. Alternative specifications, like Micro-BTX, have strict guidelines for everything from airflow regulation to legacy I/O definitions.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 10, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced development of DTX, an open standard specification designed by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs. The DTX standard will be designed to empower OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors to deliver innovative solutions to market that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, while leveraging commonalities within the ecosystem that benefit both customers and end users. The DTX standard will take advantage of the existing ATX infrastructure and benefits, including cost efficiency, system options and backward-compatibility, to allow for ground-breaking PC design. A review copy of the DTX specifications is planned to be made available by AMD in Q1 2007.
"As a customer-centric company, AMD is constantly evaluating platforms and working with its ecosystem partners to bring innovation to the market in a way that minimizes disruption," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Division, AMD. "To help meet this need, AMD is taking the initiative to define an open standard for small form factor designs. The DTX specification will be designed to allow the broad ecosystem to develop small form factor solutions and deliver new, innovative and cost-effective systems to both businesses and consumers."