Intel isn't supposed to exit the motherboard manufacturing business until 2016. But partners who are having trouble getting motherboards with the new Haswell microprocessor are wondering whether Intel has already checked out of the business.
This week several Intel partners told CRN they are having difficulty finding motherboards with Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, code-named Haswell, which debuted this week. Partners said part of the problem is the limited number of new motherboard SKUs currently available from Intel.
Intel said it's investigating the reported shortages and a company manager told CRN that strong demand for the Core i5 and i7 processors has been strong -- a factor that may be contributing to higher demand for the motherboards.