Intel to exit the desktop motherboard business
Some hard hitting news from the Tech Report.
For years, Intel has produced its own line of desktop motherboards. Not for much longer, though. This afternoon, we learned that Intel will ramp down its desktop motherboard business over the next three years. As that division spins down, Intel will allocate more resources to reference design development, small-form-factor NUC devices, and "other areas to be discussed later."
According to Intel spokesman Dan Snyder, Intel will stop developing new desktop boards after it rolls out models designed for next-gen Haswell processors. After that, you'll have to rely on boards from the likes of Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI, as most of you probably do already. Those firms are expected to fully support Intel's upcoming roadmap, Synder says, so desktop boards aren't going anywhere.
Three years seems like a long time but I suspect this is to allow for full warranty support on existing products in the market. I wouldn't expect any new boards to come out of an Intel fab after September 2013
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