If Intel doesn't want to also remove expansion buses from the equation, too, then this hardly makes sense...;) The only thing surface-mounting the cpu while leaving multiple PCI/e expansion slots open could do for Intel is cost it business. I think someone here has something mixed up--going back to surface-mounted cpus is Back to the Future circa 1988 when the only way to upgrade the cpu was to buy a new motherboard.
If the rumor is true, however, then AMD will get a real shot in the arm--which is but another reason I doubt there's any truth to it.
But I think this kind of rumor serves an excellent purpose in letting people see where Intel would like to take the PC in the absence of any cpu competition. Intel would love to close it down and run every other competitor out of town on a rail. Then we'd all have to pay what Intel wanted to charge for the products Intel preferred to make for its own convenience and profit. Ugh. I'm planning my next AMD purchase even now.
It is well known that I do not make mistakes--so if you should happen across a mistake in anything I have written, be assured that I did not write it!