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Been looking at some of the mini-itx cases at <BR><!-- BBCode auto-link start --><a href="http://www.mini-itx.com/hardware/cases.asp" target="_blank">http://www.mini-itx.com/hardware/cases.asp</a><!-- BBCode auto-link end --> <BR>It struck me to see 'external PSU', which apparently is some 120vAC->12vDC@4.6Amp converter, and then inside the case they have some DC-DC converter board, which I assume is full of the electronics to make 12VDC into a real ATX supply with all the signaling and special voltages. <BR> <BR>Are these 'converters' available separately? Anyone know anything about this? <BR>
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Surely it's nothing more than a largish transformer encased in plastic with a lead & plug -- the kind we all have at least half a dozen of.
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yes the 'outside' converter from ac-dc is probably just a transformer like is in every wall-wart ..... but how do they convert 12V DC @4.6A into an ATX capable supply? Theyd need electronics to do that power-on signaling stuff and to split the 12V off into 5, 3.3 and all that.
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I think you're right about that electronics being part of the case. Anyone with a MiniITX case to comment here, please??
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I remember reading on one of these sites that the converter provides about 50 w of power, which is just barely enough to access a (laptop) HD, run a (laptop) CD player, and power the (eden) motherboard all at once. I would hesitate to put one of these in anything more than an Eden. Interestingly, mini-itx.com listed a juicy "light" system (which appears to use a fan :( ) that contains on-motherboard power.

Now that is a development I would love to see progress!


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MikeC wrote:
I think you're right about that electronics being part of the case. Anyone with a MiniITX case to comment here, please??
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Yes, the case has a small board that contains the electronics to do the ATX PSU stuff.

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