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Intel considering to use solder-on processors for low-end market

Posted on Saturday, June 06 2009 @ 13:18:56 CEST by

FUD Zilla claims Intel is considering to move its entire entry-level processor lineup away from using CPU sockets in favor of soldering the chips onto the motherboard, like is done with the Intel Atom. This move may start early next year with the Intel Celeron, but the site heard motherboard makers aren't too happy with this move as it will increase costs and risks:
We'd expect this to start from next year and it's likely to affect most Celeron CPUs. This might seem like a clever business model for Intel, as they don't need to ship the CPUs to as many different locations around the world, but there are bigger issues. For one it means that the motherboard manufacturers are liable directly to their customers if a CPU isn't working on a motherboard and there's a likelihood of more RMA's.

However, this isn't the biggest issue, as the real problem is the increase in stock costs, as the motherboard manufacturers will have to pay Intel for the CPUs and then try to make the money back in the channel. This is going to be a killer for the smaller motherboard makers which are likely to be very selective with regards to which low-end products they'll produce in the future.



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