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Sep 27, 2012

Acrosser AMB-QM77T1, Mini-ITX Motherboard with Intel Ivy Bridge Support

Acrosser Technology had a very specific skill set in mind when it designed the AMB-QM77T1, so it chose the QM77 Intel Express chipset and the FCPGA 988 socket.

FCPGA, short for flip-chip pin grid array, is a type of pin grid array integrated circuit packaging that has the die facing downwards on the top of the substrate and its back exposed. This lets the die have direct contact with whatever heatsink or waterblock happens to be present, thus maximizing the cooling efficiency. Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 central processors, as well as its Celeron processors, all feature this packaging. This is why Acrosser chose the Intel QM77 chipset and FCPGA 988 socket, even though its AMB-QM77T1 is not a consumer motherboard, but a platform intended for industrial automation, ARM machines, digital signage, kiosks and medical applications. Speaking of which, the AMB-QM77T1 supports up to 3 independent displays at once, in any combination of HDMI, LVDS, VGA and DVI outputs.

The integrated GPU found in the third-generation Ivy Bridge mobile processors can run multimedia, gaming and business/industrial programs with even DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0 and OpenCL 1.1 graphics features. Acroser's motherboard just takes advantage of that. The rest of the feature set is similar to what we've grown to expect, though the two DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM slots can handle laptop memory, not desktop DIMMs (up to 16 GB). Dual PCI Express Gigabit LAN support, eight USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, five SATA ports (three SATA 2 and two SATA III), one PCI Express x16 slot, one mini PCI Express slot and a CFast socket round up the spec list. Unfortunately, Acroser did not specify the price of this mini-ITX motherboard with laptop CPU support. Then again, only clients from the aforementioned industries will be interested in it, and they can place an inquiry with the company here.

Acrosser AMB-QM77T1
Image credits to Acrosser


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