There are not assemblers that do not benefit of the imminent release of Windows 8 to launch new products. Two motherboard manufacturers have actually simultaneously announced new mini-ITX motherboards which have the particularity to integrate their processors.
Biostar and ECS, which usually are subcontracted for assemblers, actually announced new motherboards with preinstalled AMD E-Series and Intel Celeron processors. They are destined to those who wish to set up compact computers, little greedy and cheap, for office use or multimedia, as an HTPC.
Biostar A68I-350 Deluxe R2.0
Biostar take advantage of the advent of Windows 8 to launch a second revision of the A68I-350 Deluxe. This motherboard is based as the name suggests on the AMD A68 chipset and a previous generation AMD E-350 CPU (dual-core at 1.6 GHz and 1 MB cache).
The board has two DIMM DDR3 slots, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 and three Serial ATA 6 Gbps. The rear panel features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS2 ports, an RJ45 (Realtek RTL8111F Gigabit Ethernet controller), three inputs/outputs analog audio (Realtek ALC662 controller) and VGA and HDMI outputs.
The latter is connected to the AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU integrated in the processor. With features like UVD, it can decode 1080p Full HD video, which can be an HTPC at a lower cost.
Essentially, the NM70I-847 provides the same features and also adopts substantially the same layout, but it is based on an Intel platform, embodied by a NM70 chipset for notebooks and a Celeron 847 (dual-core at 1.1 GHz and 2 MB cache).
Found essentially the same slots and connections, with a few exceptions: there are 3 Serial ATA 3 Gbps ports and a 6 Gbps port, four USB 2.0 ports, but no USB 3.0 port.
Finally, note that the Intel HD Graphics processor also provides hardware decoding of Full HD 1080p video.
Meanwhile, ECS does not offer the Intel platform, it comes in two versions, that, in all cases, has two SO-DIMM memory slots. The user chooses between a Celeron 807 (single core at 1.5 GHz and 2MB cache) and a Celeron 847.
We found also the same connectivity as Biostar, and a serial port in addition, for some industrial uses.
The price and release dates of these three motherboards have unfortunately not been disclosed. They should still be very affordable, and encourage users to moderate needs to postpone the assembly of the computer, as an HTPC.