Intel to continue making socketed CPUs for “foreseeable future”
by Mark Tyson on 6 December 2012, 11:30
Recently we covered a news rumour emanating from Japan about Intel discontinuing support for socketed CPUs. It turns out that it was a tsunami in a tea-cup, as Haswell isn’t going to be Intel’s last range of swappable CPUs. This comes from the horse’s mouth, via an email from an Intel spokesman to Maximum PC.
The rumour that Intel PCs would move to soldered on BGA CPUs only, following the Haswell line of chips, has been scotched. In an email, Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder told Maximum PC that “Intel remains committed to the growing desktop enthusiast and channel markets, and will continue to offer socketed parts in the LGA package for the foreseeable future for our customers and the Enthusiast DIY market”. Snyder ended his comment with a “however” statement, he wrote “However, Intel cannot comment on specific long-term product roadmap plans at this time, but will disclose more details later per our normal communication process.” The statement is reassuring but ultimately non-committal, but how far ahead can you expect a commercial enterprise to make commitments for? Businesses are there to make money, not merely to keep promises beyond that of a product guarantee or contractual agreement.