The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2013


8. Intel

Intel normally doesn't invite a lot of controversy, but 2013 was different thanks to one strategy shift that proved incredibly unpopular with system builders. Earlier this year, Intel announced it was phasing out its desktop motherboard business after 20 years, with the final boards to be manufactured by the end of 2015. System builder partners were furious with Intel and felt blindsided by the decision; even though Intel said OEM partners like Gigabyte and Asus would continue producing Intel reference boards, partners said they preferred working with Intel, which offered better shipping and warranty replacement services. And even though Intel won't discontinue its motherboards until 2015, partners say new Haswell-based desktop boards are in short supply.

 



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