Last month a rumor was going around that Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, might abandon the removable CPU in favor of an integrated solution using a ball grid array (BGA) where the chip is soldered directly to the motherboard. Even though Intel never officially answered this rumor, it still caused some concerns, especially among computer enthusiasts that prefer to build their own rigs.
But now AMD is trying to ease our fears stating that they won’t abandon the socketed CPU in 2013 and 14 with their “Kaveri” APU and FX CPU lines. Their official statement clearly states this
We have no plans at this time to move to BGA only packaging and look forward to continuing to support this critical segment of the market.
AMD is trying to position itself as a brand for enthusiasts by saying that they “understand what matters to them and how we can continue to bring better value and a better experience”.
While it’s certainly reassuring to have at least one of the two major brands making this commitment, we can’t help but wonder if AMD will still be in the game a few years from now. Especially considering the most recent rumors.