NLX – New Low profile eXtended – form factor for motherboards

Intel’s NLX design, introduced in 1997, is an improvement on the LPX design for low-profile systems, with an emphasis on ease of maintenance. The NLX format is smaller, typically 8.8in wide by 13in long, so well suited for low-profile desktop cases. All expansion slots, power cables and peripheral connectors are located on an edge-mounted riser card, allowing simple removal of the main motherboard, which is mounted on rails in the chassis. It uses a full-width I/O shield to allow for different combinations of rear-panel I/O. The design allows for use of an AGP card, but the slot must be on the motherboard, which reduces the ease of maintenance when such a card is implemented. Evolution of the motherboard BIOS – What motherboard BIOS does for a PC CMOS – complementary metal oxide silicon – RAM chips on motherboards EFI – Extensible Firmware Interface – explained Motherboard form factors Baby AT (BAT) Motherboard Form Factor LPX – Low Profile eXtension motherboard form factor ATX form factor NLX – New Low profile eXtended – form factor for motherboards Micro ATX motherboard form factor FlexATX motherboard form factor BTX – Balanced Technology eXtended – Motherboard Form Factor Riser architectures for motherboards CPU interfaces – motherboard slots and sockets for AMD and Intel...

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