Mini-ITX 2.0 was designed to support the graphics, high definition (HD) video and other rich media processing typical of personal computing. The board offers expandability and flexibility for use in a variety of environments. Because of its low power consumption, the Mini-ITX can usually employ passive cooling, eliminating problems that can occur with fan noise in home entertainment settings.
Mini-ITX 2.0 features include:
- Support for low-power x86 microprocessors.
- Support for most recent versions of Windows.
- Support for most flavors of Linux.
- Support for up to 2 GB (gigabytes) of RAM (random access memory).
- One PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Express 16-lane expansion slot.
- Two Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) II slots.
- One IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) parallel ATA slot.
- Minimum four USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports.
- One port for 1-Gbps (billions of bits per second) LAN (local area network).
- Three two-channel audio jacks.
- One VGA (Video Graphics Array) port for LCD (liquid crystal display).
- HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port with add-on card.
- DirectX 9.0 integrated graphics.
- Support for DirectX 10.0 with add-on card.
VIA Technologies, Inc. released the first version of Mini-ITX in 2001 for use in low-power computers. Version 2.0 was released in 2008.