Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) had cleared up the confusions that recently arose as a result of news regarding the company’s transition to non-replaceable processors moving away from LGA-based processors towards BGA-based processors for the consumer market.
In an answer to all these rumors buzzing across the tech world for a few days, the chip giant felt it necessary to clear up these confusions by assuring that Intel has no intention of abandoning the LGA socket for the “forseeable future”.
In a statement sent to Maximum PC today, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) spokeperson Daniel Synder reveals that “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,”
The words “forseeable future” do not reveal how much time period has Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) estimated to keep offering socket parts in the LGA package. Leaving, however, room for future speculation, Intel might change its course of action in future and affirm the rumors spreading around.
Further adding details about Intel’s decision to stick to LGA packaging, Daniel says, “Intel cannot comment on specific long-term product road map plans at this time, but will disclose more details later per our normal communication process.”
Intel’s response to Maximum PC reflects a possibility that the company may eventually limit the LGA processors offering to a niche market, while transitioning some lower-end products to a locked down BGA- only packaging.
Another view of Intel’s decision of BGA for a segment of market, is that analysts think that so long as the DIY market type exists, this segment would care less if they are able to replace the CPU on their Pentium desktop. The use of BGA packaging, in that scenario, makes sense, as more and more people transit to all-in-one Personal Computers.
Whatever Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) decides to come up with in the near future, we’ll just have to wait and see how Intel’s development cycle rolls out to have a better idea of their plans.