Intel to exit motherboard business
Intel has announced that it is winding down its desktop motherboard operations, and that it will stop making them over the next three years. Engineers will be "redistributed to address emerging new form factors," such as all-in-one solutions and tablet devices, explained Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) in a statement.
Another area of continuing interest for Intel is that of Next Unit of Computing devices, which are essentially small form factor computers with motherboards measuring just 4x4-inches. NUC systems come with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics and a mobile CPU, and offer substantial oomph compared to competing small form factor solutions.
Indeed, earlier reports note that NUC systems are capable of handling two full HD video streams at full frame rates. This means that NUC devices can be deployed not only as computers for basic tasks such as media playback or web browsing, but in commercial applications, such as digital signage.
As noted by ZDNet, the power-efficiency of the fourth-gen Haswell processors currently under development has the potential to be used in smartphones and Ultrabooks, as well as in traditional desktop systems. On this front, Intel says it will continue rolling out desktop motherboards for Haswell chips, as well as existing desktop motherboards. These products will be supported with a full warranty during the time.