Published On: Fri, Mar 15th, 2013

Intel to quit consumer motherboard business


After the final release of Intel’s upcoming Haswell CPU, the company has announced they will wind down operations of its Intel Channel Board Division (ICBD) after 20 years and end production and development of Intel motherboards over the next three years.

Intel will still be fully commited to desktop PCs by ramping up critical areas of desktop space including intergration of innovative solutions for the PC ecosystem, such as reference design development, NUC, and other areas.

Intel is also significantly investing in the growing All-in-One ecosystem, contributing to 30 percent growth over the last few years.

Daniel Snyder an Intel spokesman declined to say why Intel was closing down the ICBD but most likely it was not a big money maker. Asus and Gigabyte dominate the consumer motherboard sector with 70 percent of all boards selling from them. ASRock and MSI were next on the scale with Intel some distace down the mark.

Rumors and conspiracy theories have reignited, of Intel’s plans to ditch the desktop computing entirely.

Could this be the dawn of the “Post-PC era”.?

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