Intel's Confusing Signals On Motherboard Plans
This week Intel denied a report that it plans to exit the server motherboard business. A Digitimes story said the chip maker was mulling an exit from the business in the second half of this year.
Intel has said publicly that it will exit the PC motherboard business by 2016. But Intel partners say the company's new Haswell motherboards are already in short supply.
All this is confusing for Intel's partners. While Intel vigorously denied it plans to exit the server motherboard business -- the company's server sales through the channel are growing at 30 percent, so there's good reason to question the report -- it needs to provide partners with a clear road map of its board manufacturing plans.