Intel to bid adieu to PC Motherboards
Intel to halt down the production of motherboards for PCs over the next 3 years.
In what comes as a rather unprecedented decision, Intel corporation decided to slam the brakes on manufacturing Motherboards for desktop PCs. Their next generation of processors “Haswell” will be the last line of processors for which Intel will make motherboards before the final curtain is drawn.
That Intel kept the mill running this long is no easy task to accomplish. In what can be termed as the end of an era, this is clearly a profit enhancing move. Steadily dwindling down over the years, PC motherboard market isn’t the greenest of the pastures anymore. It sure was more than a decade ago.
With the advent of smartphones and tablets, the focus has been more on System On Chips (SoCs). The key difference between a motherboard and a SoC is that the latter comes as an all integrated chip (CPU, RAM, GPU and other components) whereas the former acts a holder that glues everything together electrically.
Understandably this hasn’t been at the top of their agenda anyway. Over the course of the next 3 years, Intel will shut down the motherboard unit and its workforce would probably be channeled towards mobile processor units.
Intel Motherboards, you will be remembered!