Intel has caught a bit of flak amidst rumors that it will ditch offering socketed CPUs after its Haswell lineup to focus on BGA packages which permanently embeds processors on motherboards, and AMD has responded by proclaiming that it will not abandon production of socketed client processors. While Intel has diffused the gossip somewhat, AMD maintains that the DIY PC enthusiast market remains a critical part of the company's offerings.
Here's what AMD's Chris Hook had to say: "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." The next two years will bring in the "Kaveri" APU and FX CPU lineup, which will remain as socketed products. He adds that while AMD has a diverse range of BGA-packaged processors that caters to ultrathin notebooks, all-in-one desktops, along with embedded applications and tablets, the company has no current plans to move to BGA only packaging and will continue its support of this critical market segment. "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."