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CeBIT 2012: MSI QM77, a mini ITX board for Ivy Bridge Mobile CPU

While the CeBIT will open its doors in a few hours, MSI unveils a mini ITX motherboard for the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge mobile processors: the QM77.

As its name suggests, it operates with a QM77 chipset from Intel (version that should be pro oriented) and has a PGA 998 socket. It can accommodate Sandy Bridge Mobile processors, but also the future Ivy Bridge. For memory, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots  are available. The power supply requires a 24-pin ATX connector, and another four pins.

The connector consists of two S-ATA  6 Gbps ports, a mSATA, multiple USB ports (we do not know if USB 3.0 will be on hand), a serial RS-232/422/485 and two gigabit network ports from Intel (82579LM and 82583V). A Realteak ALC887 sound chip it on the game, and an output jack of 3.5 mm in trio format.

No less than five video outputs are available: VGA, DVI, HDMI, LVDS and eDP (Embedded Display Port). You can use three simultaneous with an Ivy Bridge generation processor, against only two with Sandy Bridge. Then write down the presence of a PCIe 2.0/3.0, a mini PCIe and a CFAST slot (for Compact Flash memory card).

 Obviously, no price has yet been unveiled by the manufacturer or any availability date. We will certainly have to wait for the launch of Ivy Bridge processors by Intel for more information.

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