Intel has announced it will discontinue making desktop motherboards after 2016. Intel has decided to move to other form factors , see later , but will still make reference chipsets for the asian motherboard manufacturers such as ASUS and GIGABYTE.
The decision comes as no surprise given the bleak PC sales in 2012. Dell and HP’s PC and laptop sales have declined in the order of 20% in the last year. Intel will focus on it’s ULTRABOOK the half tablet half laptop which is being marketed aggressively by OEM manufacturers at the present.
Another direction Intel is pursuing is it’s NUC or Next Unit of Computing. The 4 inch x 4 inch by 2 inch high package is powered by an Intel® Core™ i3 processor on a 4-by-4-inch motherboard.