Intel today announced its plans to gradually ramp down the production of desktop motherboards. It will continue supplying motherboards to third-party motherboard manufacturers like ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte, but after 2013 it will no longer produce or sell its own desktop designs.
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The workforce from this division though won’t be affected and will be moved to other departments. Intel still plans to continue producing barebones motherboards for its Next Unit Computing (NUC), a custom form factor motherboard that fits into an Intel-supplied chassis and will be powered by an i3 dual-core Ivy Bridge CPU. Also Read - How to use self-chat feature on WhatsApp to create notes, to-do list
Intel will also continue to produce reference designs like the Medfield design which Intel showed off at last year’s IDF. The Medfield design developed in partnership with Google is a reference design to a phone running an Android OS and optimized for Intel’s x86 architecture.
Intel’s decision doesn’t come as a big surprise since the desktop PC business isn’t exactly booming. Its focus going forward seems to be on integrated designs for desktops and reference designs for Ultrabooks and tablets.