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Intel Decides to Quit Making Motherboards

Discussion in 'Intel' started by Intel Guy, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Intel Guy

    Intel Guy Guest


    January 23rd, 2013

    Intel is mainly known for its central processors, but it also makes
    other hardware, most importantly motherboards. This won't last for much
    longer though, according to some reports.

    AnandTech, CNET and HotHardware all have received much the same
    information as the one we are imparting right now.

    By the time Intel's Haswell processor series is ready to sell, the Santa
    Clara, California-based chip giant will have finished preparations for a
    withdrawal from the desktop PC motherboard industry.

    Last we heard, the Haswell launch was going to happen during Computex
    2013, in June, in Taipei, Taiwan.

    That means that Chipzilla will stop making mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX
    motherboards by June.

    There has also been a lot of talk about future Intel CPU generations
    foregoing the LGA socket plan altogether.

    That means that the processors will be soldered permanently to
    mainboards developed by OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).

    Intel promised that this perceived pro-BGA movement is not real, and
    that it will keep making socketed, replaceable / upgradeable chips for
    years to come. Still, that hasn't stopped people from talking.

    "The internal talent and experience of twenty years in the boards
    business...is being redistributed to address emerging new form factors,"
    Intel said, according to CNET.

    The possibility to choose one's own CPU, motherboard and other PC
    components still exists, and should go on existing for years to come.

    Nevertheless, Intel won't try to keep the PC market afloat as hard as
    before. It will keep making CPUs, but there probably won't be anything
    left of the chip giant's mainboard business three years from now.

    On a related note, since “PC” no longer means the same thing it used to,
    Intel has one extra reason to ease up on its attachment to the current
    image, so to speak, of what such systems are made of and how.
    Intel Guy, Feb 6, 2013
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