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Intel Phasing Out Motherboard Business

By Norman Chan

Haswell boards will be the last hurrah.

Intel has disclosed internally that it will be winding down its retail motherboard business over the next three years. That means that while it'll still be making chipsets for its CPUs and reference boards for other motherboard manufacturers, consumers won't be able to buy an Intel board in channel after the Haswell line. Motherboards are a low margin business, and makers like Asus and Gigabyte have been building boards that meet Intel's quality standards for years. It's an end of an era, but we'll always remember Skulltrail.