It is a Intel based mobo. Intel helped Apple design a mobo that could use a Intel processor. Foxconn took the contract to manufacture the mobos. Intel Motherboard, Manufactured by Hai Hon Electronics Co. (FoxConn). http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ping_next_generation_power_mac_for_apple.html @Blue So true! I have a friend whose dad machines parts for Indy cars. They machine most of their parts out of titanium and don't waste anything. The cost in waste is higher than the part itself so they use as little material as possible.