Intel announced last year that it's closing its motherboard production after Haswell, but it seems that the company has already wind down its desktop motherboard business as supply of Intel's Haswell motherboards is not that large. The motherboards are hard to obtain, leaving PC manufacturers forced to turn to third-party motherboard makers to fill in the shortage.
Intel announced that it would be leaving the desktop motherboard market in January this year, stating that it wanted to focus instead on its Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and Ultrabook programmes in the consumer space. While future processor generations will only see Intel boards being made for the server market, the company promised that Haswell would see a full range of motherboards produced as it triggers a three-year wind-down for the company.
The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and original design manufacturer (ODM) channel is rumbling with rumours that Intel's promise to fully support Haswell with own-brand motherboards isn't quite turning out the way that was hoped, with board shortages leaving manufacturers forced to turn to third-party motherboard makers.