Motherboard Manufacturer Abit Dead (Sort-of)

From PC World: Speculation about the fate of Taiwanese manufacturer Abit has been running at feverish paces this week. But as Obi-Wan Kenobi might say, the alleged death of the company is correct--from a certain point of view. The manufacturer, known throughout the computing circles for its motherboard offerings, is at the mercy of a restructuring by parent company Universal Scientific Industrial. As part of the cost-cutting measures that USI plans to undertake, Abit will cease production on all motherboards as the company heads into the new year. Abit still plans to offer RMAs and warranties for up to three years, but you can expect to see no new Abit-branded motherboards coming through the retail chains until further notice... if ever.

Here's the wording straight from the mouth of Fernando Cobreros Benito, an Abit sales manage, in an interview with Hardware.Info:

"ABIT will definitely continue to [sic] manufactor products, these will not be motherboards and we have not got a 100% clear picture yet on what products will be made", stated Benito, and also added: "Products now made by USI that are not sold to OEM's will get the ABIT branding. Think about items like external hard drives to Car PC's. USI is already [sic] manufactering a wide range of products for all the big companies on the market."

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