Invited by DFI, TweakTown was the first to observe the manufacturer's new Hybrid motherboard. DFI has developed the Hybrid P45-ION-T2A2, a board that features a unique design allowing a single motherboard to control two systems simultaneously (KVM), but also use both independently.
DFI's Hybrid motherboard is designed so that the left side contains components based on nVidia's efficient Ion platform, while the right side combines an Intel P45 chipset with the LGA775 socket. This makes it possible for the Ion-side to be used as server or download client, while the more powerful P45-side can be used for demanding tasks such as gaming and video editing, while only requiring a single physical motherboard.
The Hybrid P45-ION-T2A2 has quite some connectors that are shared by both systems, including a DVI-connector, four times USB2.0, onboard Gigabit networkcontroller and audio. There's also an internal Gigabit networkswitch present on the board, allowing files to be shared between both systems easily. Apart from the shared connectivity, each side also features a number of dedicated connectors.
For the shared connectors, a switchbox will be bundled, which as of yet is still under development. This switch can be installed in a 3,5-inch bay and features three buttons which allow switching between the Ion platform and the LGA775 system. The switch also allows users to determine which audio output is to be used. The color red indicates that the P45 system is active, while green is reserved for the Atom.
The YouTube video shows that the P45 platform features four DDR2-memory slots, a PCI-Express x16 slot, PCI-Express x1 slot and a regular PCI-slot. The Atom side has room for two DDR2 SO-DIMM modules and a PCI expansion card. The power consumption is specified at about 30 Watt. Another notable feature is the presence of a Power over eSATA connector, to attach external storage devices.
DFI's two-in-one motherboard which contains both the efficient Ion platform and the more powerful P45 platform is to cost about US $399. The board, including adaptor and switchbox, is to be released somewhere around late October or early November.
DFI's Hybrid P45-ION-T2A2 motherboard contains two systems
The switchbox which allows for communication between the two systems
Both systems operational