AMD has announced that it is developing an open standard specification that it believes will enable the broad adoption of small form factor (SFF) PCs. According to the company, the standard, which it is calling DTX, will take advantage of existing ATX infrastructure and benefits which include cost-efficiency, system options and backward-compatibility. The company said that it plans to make a review copy of the specification available in the first quarter of 2007.
The company claimed that the DTX standard will be designed to embrace energy-efficient processors from AMD or other hardware vendors so that an optimally designed SFF system will consume less power and generate less noise. Also, the company said that DTX will be designed to provide improved motherboard layout standardization, while being sensitive to the needs of OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors.