In what could be a sign of the times, chip maker Intel has announced that they will be slowing down production of motherboards for the traditional PC over the next three years, and will instead, focus all their efforts on tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks.
“We disclosed internally today that Intel’s Desktop Motherboard Business will begin slowly ramping down over the course of the next three years. As Intel gradually ramps down its motherboard business we are ramping up critical areas of the desktop space including integration of innovative solutions for the PC ecosystem such as reference design development, NUC and other areas to be discussed later,” Intel said in a statement.
The company added that the staff working on motherboards will be redistributed throughout the company in other roles. “The internal talent and experience of twenty years in the boards business (which until recently has been largely focused on desktop tower type designs) is being redistributed to address emerging new form factors – desktop and mobile – and to expand Intel’s Form Factor Reference Design (FFRD) work and enable our partners to develop exciting new computing solutions.”