Is the desktop at risk?
If indications are right, this may just be the end of the typical desktop. There are changes in the offing in the way Intel connects its processors to the circuit board. Once this happens, the desktop PC may emerge as being quite different than how it is known today.
In a typical configuration, the desktop processor is attached to the PC’s main circuit board ( also called motherboard) through a socket. Intel processors compatible with that socket are then inserted.
This setting may just disappear in the future.
Mobile processors, on the other hand, are soldered directly to the circuit board. Soldering the processor has design advantages in the space- sensitive mobile world where every millimeter counts.
But it’s an anathema to the desktop crowd: soldering processors to a desktop board would kill the enthusiast market, where DIY gamers, for instance, like to select from a range of processors to suit their needs.