Intel announced yesterday that it will be ramping down its desktop motherboard business to concentrate on more emerging PC form factors. The intention is to completely shutdown the desktop motherboard side of their business in three years time and also stop development of any new solutions at some point in 2013. Overall some very, very big changes for the company.
Daniel Snyder, a spokesman for Intel said "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."
“Intel’s desktop motherboard business will not develop any new Intel branded desktop motherboards after completion of Haswell-based 4th generation Core i launch products in 2013 and will continue to support all products sold through the warranty period included with the specific product."
In fairness to Intel, they do have some great boards but these days the top dogs at Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and others are really pushing what is possible for motherboard and there is no shortage of choice in the market in this area. Intel will still be working on other hardware and pushing out reference designs and who knows what else, either way it will be interesting to see what new products they can bring to market in this area over the next few years.