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They are produced with a much longer sales life-cycle than consumer boards (some of the original EPIAs are still available), a quality that industrial users typically require.
Manufacturers can prototype using standard cases and power supplies, then build their own enclosures if volumes get high enough.
This new wave of offerings made Mini-ITX much more popular among home users, hobbyists, and even overclockers.
Intel is currently one of few Mini-ITX mainboard manufacturers that list mechanical dimensions in their manuals.
Legacy VIA boards use their x86-compatible CPUs — the C3, C7 or low-power Eden variants, with newer boards featuring the VIA Nano CPU, launched in May 2008.
Other manufacturers have also produced boards designed around the same layout, using VIA, but also Intel, AMD, Transmeta and Power PC technology.
Enthusiasts soon noticed the advantages of small size, low noise and power consumption, and started to push the boundaries of case modding into something else—building computers into nearly every object imaginable, and sometimes even creating new cases altogether.Hollowed out vintage computers, humidors, toys, electronics, musical instruments, and even a 1960s-era toaster have become homes to relatively quiet, or even silent Mini-ITX systems, capable of many of the tasks of a modern desktop PC.Mini-ITX boards primarily appeal to the industrial and embedded PC markets, with the majority sold as bulk components or integrated into a finished system for single-purpose computing applications.Typical applications include playing music in supermarkets, powering self-service kiosks, and driving content on digital displays.VIA continues to expand its Mini-ITX motherboard line.