Fresh off its spring developer conference, Intel Corp. is slashing the prices on its Pentium 4 desktop processors and Xeon server and workstation chips by as much as 21 percent.
The price cuts come after the Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker last week at the Intel Developers Forum rolled out an aggressive Xeon road map that included increased processor speed, greater on-die cache sizes and accelerated releases.
Intel reduced prices on its 2.66GHz and 2.6GHz Xeon processors by 16 percent each—from $337 to $284, and $326 to $273, respectively. The prices are based on 1,000-unit shipments.
The company also reduced prices on its 2.2GHz Xeon and both 2.4GHz versions—one with a 533MHz front-side bus and the other with a 400MHz front-side bus—by 11 percent and 12 percent.
Prices also were cut for its entire Pentium 4 desktop line, with the 2.5GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.6GHz and 2.66GHz chips reduced 21 percent. Four other processors—the 2.2GHz, 2.26GHz and both 2.4GHz versions—were cut by 16 percent, while the 2.8GHz was reduced 6 percent.
The fastest desktop chip, the 3.06GHz, which includes a 533MHz front-side bus, was reduced 8 percent, from $637 to $589.