Intel To Exit Motherboard Business

Intel is bidding a fond farewell to the traditional desktop PC as the chip maker diverts the majority of its resources into the burgeoning smartphone, tablet, and ultrabook markets.

“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 an email to press.

It’s an announcement with layers of ramifications, but it’s certainly not a death bell. The tried-and-true tower PC is a fixture among business and home users alike. While companies like Dell and HP have traditionally relied on Intel for motherboards in their low-to-mid-range desktops, there are several other companies happy to carry the torch. Just ask any power user or gaming enthusiast if they think ASUS or MSI will be elated to hear this news.

According to Intel, the motherboard side of their business will phase out after the upcoming “Haswell” chipset generation debuts

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