Intel Cuts Desktop, Mobile Chip Prices

Three mobile Pentium 4-M chips cut by up to 38 percent; three mobile Celerons cut by 16 percent.

Intel Corp. has slashed prices on some of its fastest desktop and notebook chips.

The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker this weekend cut prices on three of its mobile Pentium 4-M chips—ranging in speeds of 2GHz to 2.4GHz—by as much as 38 percent.

Intel also reduced the prices on three of its mobile Celeron chips—the 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz and 2GHz models—by up to 16 percent. In addition, the price of the 3.06GHz Pentium 4 desktop processor was dropped by 32 percent, from $589 to $401 per 1,000-unit quantity.

The price cuts come as Intel introduces new chips in those categories. The company has unveiled its 2.5GHz mobile Pentium-M processor for $562 and mobile 2.2GHz Celeron chip at $149. Intel also released the 3GHz Pentium 4 with an 800MHz front-side bus for $417.

Last week, Intel announced it had delaying the release of the new Pentium 4 processor due to what company officials called "anomalies" in the chip. The problems were found during tests leading up to the scheduled April 14 release of the chip and an accompanying chip set—the 875P, code-named Canterwood, aimed at high-end PCs. Intel officials said the chip is shipping now.

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