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Intel "Committed" to Socketed CPUs for "The Foreseeable Future"

Intel has reaffirmed is commitment to providing socketed CPUs for the enthusiast PC market for the "foreseeable future" in response to reports the company was planning on moving towards soldered CPUs (thanks Parallax Abstraction). Here's a statement Intel provided to Maximum PC:

"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," Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder told Maximum PC. "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."

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14. Re: Intel is Big Government Dec 6, 2012, 15:19 neuroelectronic
 
Now did you upgrade your motherboard because you needed the features that paired will with your CPU or were you forced by a more aggressive socket changing strategy that Intel has been using the last few years despite the stagnation of their product line? i7 has been out for 3 years now and it's already seen 3 different sockets in the desktop space alone, despite the fact that all 3 sockets use similar power, identical memory and architecture.

yet, they keep going back and forth between the same sockets between releases. They are purposefully dividing their enthusiast market depending on the time that they adopted the newest architecture!

I think that this is obviously a method to reduce the power of the market to demand this because now there is no financial incentive to support the CPU/mobo model for Intel products from a short term, dumb ass manager business perspective (but obviously losing purchasing options is a bad thing for businesses in the long term but Intel thinks they can be super buddies with your boss because check out these 20 free demo blades). That or they are doing some kind of two stage development process that involves testing features on 50% of their customer base. Probably both. The only reason they feel they can direct the market in this way is because AMD is all but eliminated as a competitor.

Wait, is Intel leading us to a more efficient and unified market or are they simply deciding for us that we don't need motherboards from other manufacturers that aren't under Intel's whim? I think the motivation is obvious and that any proposed technical advantage is simply a smokescreen to mask this simple power grab over the high-level design designs of all future commodity consumer hardware. This fits the past behavior of this market which is constantly adding unneeded features or capacity to support "future upgrades" that never come to the platform but instead are delayed to future versions making the feature a pointless cost to the end customer on the current generation.

Given the current trend in international politics, the corporate acceptance to "trusted computing platforms" and government/corporation cooperation in the "defense" sector; the new ARM platform with Trusted Computing built in as a fundamental feature of the design with good security ideas that are easily turned into bad external 3rd party control architectures, the repercussions are obvious: The market will continue to split into enterprise and consumer sectors. The consumer sector will move to ARM with Apple style integrated designs that are unmodifiable due to the complex inter-dependencies between the software security model and the hardware, and x86 will move to the enterprise where the price will continue to rise to obscene levels to incentive moving to new, more controlled platforms that are only suitable for enterprise cloud applications. At this point, all data will move to the cloud and we will live in a digital serfdom, where we rent space from our land owners and try to turn a profit on it before the landlord comes calling for his share, and if he doesn't like what you're growing he might just shut it down and take it to "protect it's clients". Here's a letter from the Appointed minster of internet security condoning our actions. Oh, by the way you were using OSS on our system that violates U.S. Patent 5,333,333 so you owe us $21,595 in licensing costs to the IP owner, which we will now add to your balance. See you in court.
 
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