Development based on Mini-ITX motherboards (and all other Commercial off-the-shelf, COTS computer boards) are likely to bring the product to the market faster. The hardware development, if any, can be kept at a minimum and the board is already developed, validated and in production.
There is a possibility to begin product development instantly based on the Mini-ITX motherboard using a standard cabinet and power supply. The mounting holes on the Mini-ITX board are placed to match the ATX specification, a common specification for stationary home and office computers. The location of the back plate and the PCI slot are also identical. With the board mounted in a standard cabinet the development of mechanics, enclosure and cables can be performed in parallel with product software development.
As we speak, there are about twenty Mini-ITX motherboards in Hectronic's product portfolio. There are processor platform alternatives in variety of performance levels and types. Let's take a closer look at two examples from the list of Mini-ITX motherboards to illustrate the range of options.