Intel cuts mobile chip prices

Intel cuts mobile chip prices

Intel has trimmed the prices of some of its notebook chips as the post-holiday shopping season comes to a close.

The company published a new price list updating its processor costs from November 2002. The price of its top-of-the-line Pentium 4 Processor-M running at 2.20GHz has been slashed to $US348 from $US562, the largest of the cuts announced. Prices on similar chips running at speeds ranging from 2GHz to 1.70GHz have also been cut.

Intel also lowered the prices of its Pentium III Mobile LV/ULV (low voltage and ultra-low voltage) processors and the mobile versions of its Celeron chip. The top-of-the-line 1GHz Pentium III Mobile LV is now priced at $US241 (down from $US316). The price of the 1.80GHz Celeron was cut to $134 ($US149).

Intel often lowers the prices of its components before launching a new chip. The company is expected to release a new mobile processor called Banias later this year.

The new pricing brought the cost of Intel’s notebook chips closer to being in line with its desktop products. The prices are per chip for 1000-unit quantities.

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