Computer motherboard history

Updated: 12/09/2018 by Computer Hope
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Year Event
1981 The first motherboard, originally called a "planar," was used in the IBM Personal Computer.
1984 The AT, or Full AT, motherboard form factor was introduced by IBM in August 1984.
1985 IBM introduced the Baby AT motherboard form factor in 1985.
1987 The LPX motherboard form factor was developed by Western Digital in 1987.
1995 Intel released the first version of the ATX specification for motherboards in July 1995.
1997 Intel, in a joint effort with DEC and IBM, developed the NLX form factor in March 1997.
1997 The first motherboards with AGP support are released in August 1997 by Intel and November 1997 by FIC.
1997 The microATX motherboard and specification was introduced by Intel in December 1997.
1998 Intel introduced the WTX motherboard form factor in September 1998.
1999 Intel introduced the FlexATX motherboard form factor in 1999.
2000 Kontron introduced the ETX motherboard specification in early 2000.
2001 The UTX motherboard form factor was introduced by TQ-Components in 2001.
2001 The Mini-ITX form factor was developed and introduced to the market by VIA Technologies in November 2001.
2003 The PCI Express standard is introduced in 2003 by the PCI-SIG. Motherboards with a PCI Express slot were released later the same year.
2003 The Nano-ITX form factor for motherboards was introduced in March 2003.
2004 NVIDIA introduced their SLI technology in 2004, allowing the ability to link two video cards together on a motherboard.
2004 Intel released the BTX form factor and specification for motherboards in February 2004. The microBTX and PicoBTX form factors were also released the same year.
2004 The Mobile-ITX form factor for motherboards was introduced in March 2004.
2005 The PICMG, a group of over 150 companies, introduced the COM Express form factor in 2005.
2005 The XTX motherboard form factor and specification was released in 2005.
2006 Using two video cards with a microATX motherboard became possible in 2006 for computer gamers.
2006 Supermicro released the SWTX motherboard form factor in 2006.
2007 The Pico-ITX form factor for motherboards was introduced in April 2007.
2007 AMD developed the DTX form factor in January 2007. AMD also developed and released the Mini-DTX form factor in 2007.
2010 EVGA released the HPTX motherboard form factor in 2010.

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