In an announcement that will likely come as a shock for some, Intel has announced they will be ramping down their desktop motherboard business over the next three years.
In another sign that the desktop market as we know it is facing obsolescence, just minutes ago, Intel announced they will gradually cease production of their self-branded desktop boards. While the entire process of reallocating the resources from this division will take some time (up to three years supposedly), don’t expect to see Intel desktop boards around for all that much longer. In fact, the release of Haswell this year will actually mark the final generation of new Intel motherboards.
This is sad news indeed for anyone who appreciated the stability and warranty support behind Intel’s Extreme series and lesser products. Especially after 20 years of producing top-tier products. However, this certainly isn’t doomsday for the desktop form factor. Intel expects the likes of ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI and others to continue carrying the ATX torch well into future so options will still be plentiful.
Support for existing and upcoming boards will continue well into the future and warranties will remain completely intact.
While the days of legendary Intel-branded motherboards are numbered, this could also mark the beginning of a different platform’s renaissance as additional focus is put upon the Next Unit of Computing and other projects. It should be interesting to see what else Intel has up their sleeves.
Intel’s full release is below.
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.