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Intel set to exit the PC motherboard business

24 Jan 2013
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Intel looks set to exit the desktop PC motherboard business, amid increasing signs that demand for PCs has waned.

According to multiple reports, Intel will has a multi-year plan which will see the company exit the desktop motherboard sector.

Under such a plan, the company would continue to produce chips for desktop systems and third-party manufacturers would continue to produce desktop PC motherboards.

Intel has for decades offered branded motherboards for desktop PCs, though it has also supported boards produced by third-party vendors.

The announcement comes just days after Intel announced that it would be logging yet another down quarter for its PC hardware market. The unit as a whole saw sales dip some three percent last year and more than six percent in the last quarter alone.

In recent months, Intel has been shifting its focus away from desktops in particular and PCs as a whole. The company has been looking to move its Atom processor into the the mobile phone and tablet space.

The PC market as a whole has taken a hit in 2012. Analysts estimate that the overall PC market saw sales fall by 4.9 percent. Analysts have suggested that much of the drop is due to the rise of the tablet market.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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