Intel has some big news for everyone today. They are publicly announcing they plan to ramp down the production of motherboards by them over the course of the next 3 years. This is a great idea in my opinion and let me explain why.
Intel will now be looking to have their board partners such as ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, ASRock, etc. to produce the motherboards. This will leave them room to gradually lower their presence in the motherboard market and concentrate on other PC markets. After the release of Haswell based CPUs, Intel will no longer design any new motherboards in-house.
This means we should see a lot less clutter, size specifications, and the various Intel chipsets. The engineering staff being redistributed to Intel’s Form Factor Reference Design (FFRD) and other areas we should see a more streamlined generational releases with less chipsets and sockets but with better focus on the platform as a whole.