Last week news hit the web that Intel may move most of its 2014 Broadwell CPUs to BGA-packaging, implying that the upcoming Haswell may be Intel's last interchangeable processor for general consumers. Intel hasn't responded to these rumors yet, but AMD chimed in and told The Tech Report that they won't abandon socket CPUs in the foreseeable future.
Here's the statement we received this afternoon from AMD's Chris Hook:
AMD has a long history of supporting the DIY and enthusiast desktop market with socketed CPUs & APUs that are compatible with a wide range of motherboard products from our partners. That will continue through 2013 and 2014 with the "Kaveri" APU and FX CPU lines. We have no plans at this time to move to BGA only packaging and look forward to continuing to support this critical segment of the market.
As the company that introduced new types of BGA packages in ultrathin platforms several years ago, and today offers BGA-packaged processors for everything from ultrathin notebooks to all-in-one desktops, to embedded applications and tablets, we certainly understand Intel's enthusiasm for the approach. But for the desktop market, and the enthusiasts with whom AMD has built its brand, we understand what matters to them and how we can continue to bring better value and a better experience.