Baby AT

The smaller version of AT Motherboard

Definition of – Baby AT Motherboard

AT actually is a form factor of a motherboard designed and developed by IBM. There are many form factor in a computer, AT is the important one. Baby AT’s are the smaller version of the original AT board. The width of the original AT board was 12″ and the length was 13″. This board was introduced in the mid of 1987. The AT board was first embedded into PC/AT. But the next smaller version was Baby AT introduced in the 1990s followed by 8.5″x13″ dimensions.

Baby AT based motherboard was the first built in Input-Output (I/O) sockets including serial, parallel etc. By using this features users were able to connect multiple PC and share data. This versions of AT form factor board became widely copied and most used in the home computers in the 1990s.

Baby AT

Features Introduced in Baby AT

The baby AT form factor supports DIMM memory, USB, AGP Adapters etc. This version of AT used by companies like AMD, Cyrix etc in order to build Intel x86 chips. Baby AT is an important revolution of computer generations.

ATX Form Factor

In 1995, Intel introduced a derivatives version of the form factor called ATX. That time, this two version of the motherboard was widely used. Many industries started making ATX over Baby AT. But the Baby AT was incompatible with eight slots with ATX. That’s why in the later time almost all the industries moved to ATX design as a common and standards for the form factor of a motherboard.

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