Post PC: The Motherboard Is Dead [at Intel]
On June 1, 2010, Steve Jobs proclaimed the “Post PC” era. That desktop and notebook computers are trucks and that, sooner or later, people would all be driving cars (i.e. iPhones and iPads). The days since then have been riven with news confirming Jobs’ prescient views. Now, Intel has announced it is phasing out PC motherboard manufacture.
AnandTech reports that Intel is exiting the PC motherboard business. Of course, the company will continue to make processors and chipsets for both PCs and Macs, but Intel branded mobos will soon be a thing of the past:
There’s also the obvious motivation: the desktop PC business isn’t exactly booming … The focus going forward will be on highly integrated designs, even for the desktop (think all-in-ones, thin mini-ITX, NUC, etc…). Couple that reality with low board margins and exiting the desktop motherboard business all of the sudden doesn’t sound like a bad idea for Intel.
Is there any way to spin Intel’s motherboard exit as good news? I think not.
Whatever, watch Steve Jobs proclaim the post PC era onstage at D8…