ECS Reveals Its First AMD Kabini Motherboard
By Cássio Lima on June 19, 2013 - 1:56 PM
ECS has just revealed its latest Mini-ITX motherboard family KBN-I featuring the world’s first Quad Core SoC (system-on-a-chip) processor with the newest “Jaguar” 28 nanometer architecture. The ECS KBN-I integrated AMD Quad Core A6-5200 APU with AMD Radeon HD 8400 Graphics, supporting the new generation of DirectX 11.1 graphics. The ECS KBN-I with official Windows 8 WHCK certification (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) allows users to take full advantage of the touch browser and function-oriented design of Windows 8. The KBN-I is optimized for home entertainment, general computing productivity, and multimedia applications.
Designed to save space and energy, the ECS KBN-I is the ideal solution for small-form factor systems, with the AMD Kabini Quad Core SoC processor and maximum of 25W low power consumption. It improves power efficiency by up to 25% through clock gating and unit redesign compared with current generation low power platforms. Thanks to the new generation design, increasing the amount of cores, instructions per clock (IPC), and boost clock speed, the ECS KBN-I reduces energy usage by operating at lower frequencies. The ECS KBN-I also has a 9W fanless Heat Sink design, full electrostatic discharge protection and 100% solid capacitors to maximize the reliability and longevity of your system.
Even with its Mini-ITX size, the ECS KBN-I meets the expansion needs of future-proof minded customers. ECS KBN-I supports video and storage upgrades with 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 x SATA 6GB/s connections, 2 x USB 3.0 ports and 4 x USB 2.0 ports. For industrial applications, the KBN-I is equipped with Serial port output (COM). The Mini-PCIe slot is designed for laptops and other small-footprint computer systems and supports two Mini-PCI cards (one full-card and one half-card) for mini-Wireless, mini-TV tuner and so on. Moreover, users can enjoy high definition media as the KBN-I supports HD 1080p output including HDMI and standard analog D-Sub VGA output. The KBN-I is bundled with additional software including Norton anti-virus, Muzee, Cyberlink Media Suite, and the ECS iEZ utility, which combines eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility, and the eSF Smart Fan Utility.