Time has not been good for Intel’s desktop motherboard business as it’s set to ramp down over the next 3 years. The company’s last release will be motherboards based on the Haswell architecture before completely shutting down. Intel will still continue to supply desktop chipsets to 3rd party manufacturers like ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte, but will stop manufacturing and selling its own desktop mITX/mATX/ATX designs after 2013.
Intel will instead focus on creating form factor reference designs for Ultrabooks and tablets. Untouched by the ramp down is Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC), a miniature bare-bones motherboard which will continue seeing updates. The desktop motherboard workforce won’t be affected as they will be absorbed into other divisions within the company.