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Desktop motherboards

Intel today announced quite some big news that the company would end its production of Desktop motherboards over the next three years. This means that the upcoming Z87 chipset based boards for Haswell generation of core processors would be the last from Intel’s Desktop Motherboards offering.

End of an Era – Intel Ends Desktop Motherboards Production

We disclosed internally today that Intel’s Desktop Motherboard Business will begin slowly ramping down over the course of the next three years. As Intel gradually ramps down its motherboard business we are ramping up critical areas of the desktop space including integration of innovative solutions for the PC ecosystem such as reference design development, NUC and other areas to be discussed later.

The internal talent and experience of twenty years in the boards business (which until recently has been largely focused on desktop tower type designs) is being redistributed to address emerging new form factors — desktop and mobile – and to expand Intel’s Form Factor Reference Design (FFRD) work and enable our partners to develop exciting new computing solutions.

The Desktop segment continues to be a major focus for Intel with hundreds of products across many subsegments and applications. Intel expects the broad and capable DT motherboard ecosystem (ie Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and many others) to fully support Intel’s growing roadmap and large worldwide customer base. Intel’s Desktop Motherboard Business will not develop any new Intel branded desktop motherboards after completion of Haswell-based 4th gen Core launch products in 2013 and will continue to support all products sold through the warranty period included with the specific product.

Intel remains very committed to the desktop business. We are making significant investments in the enthusiast platform with our K SKU portfolio and new 3rd Gen Intel Core Extreme Processors. In fact, Intel’s roadmap includes 227 desktop SKUs at 34 different price points, offering desktop solution for a wide range of customers… Intel will continue to support a broad portfolio of CPUs, on 3 different sockets, including LGA 2011, LGA 1155/1150, and BGA parts for entry level platforms. We maintain a broad portfolio of desktop products, covering 5 different power envelopes. Future product roadmaps will be evaluated based on platform performance and power needs.

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This means that Intel would leave the production of desktop motherboards to other players in the market which include ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock, ECS and Biostar. Intel would be left out of the desktop motherboard in the market and would focus on production of the desktop motherboards chipset instead. It should be noted that the Z87 Chipset desktop motherboards for Haswell processors would be the last from Intel. We have fully detailed the Z87 Desktop motherboard lineup here.

This move also follows current rumors where Intel would stop offering socketed CPUs and instead adopt BGA style packages which limits the end user from upgrading his processor. This could show that Intel doesn’t values deskto platform anymore hence wants to make a transition to other PC platforms such as its NUC platform or Next Unit of Computing. This could adversely affect motherboard manufacturer’s however we saw a wide variety of mini-PC with BGA packaged CPUs at CES this year from Gigabyte, ZOTAC and ASUS.

So it’s bye bye from Intel to desktop motherboards and hello to BGA and NUC form factors for future platforms from Chipzilla. Haswell itself launches on June 2nd 2013, just a few days before Computex 2013 begins.


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