Intel to slowly ramp down of desktop motherboard manufacturing

This came as a surprise and some would say it’s the end of an era. Intel announced that they’d be slowly cutting down the production of their iconic desktop motherboards. After 2013 it will not sell its own desktop designs. It however maintained that it plans to supply motherboards to third party manufacturers like ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte.

“We disclosed internally today that Intel’s Desktop Motherboard Business will begin slowly ramping down over the course of the next three years,” Intel stated in a note to the journalists. Though it plans to work on “emerging” desktop designs, the main focus now would be chipsets for mobile devices like phones, tablets, ultrabooks etc.

That being said, the workforce at Intel won’t be affected in any way, as they’d be working on interesting new projects involving newer designs. Considering that the market isn’t that great, does this finally mean the end of the formal desktop? As it is, the market isn’t too great for desktops.

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