Two new Mini-ITX motherboards from Intel have been recently spotted — the Eklo and the Fly Creek. The Mini-ITX segment has been long populated by Via and its C7 line of processors, which have catered to small form factor system builders, but Intel appears to be eyeing the low-cost, tiny desktop market as well.
The Fly Creek motherboard can apparently support Intel’s GMA X3500 graphics chipset, which is somewhat powerful at up to 384MB of video memory, DirectX 10, and OpenGL 2.0 support. Via hasn’t been sitting on its hands, though, as it’s joined up with NVIDIA to offer the Via CN+GeForce platform, with support for DirectX 10, Vista, and Blu-ray HD for under $45.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll likely be seeing more and more small-but-powerful computer systems over the coming months as this area heats up. Cheap, too.