Intel slashes prices on mobile chips - again

Intel slashes prices on mobile chips - again

Intel quietly axed prices last week on its mobile Pentium III and mobile Celeron processors that could result in cheaper notebooks for users.

In an unusually deep round of cuts, the chip vendor slashed the price of its 500MHz Mobile Pentium III processor by 54 per cent, from $US530 to $US245, according to information on Intel's Web site. Prices of 450MHz and 400MHz versions of the chip also fell sharply, by as much as 46 per cent.

Also cut in price were mobile Celerons, which are tar-geted at low-cost notebooks.

The 466MHz version dropped 54 per cent in price, from $US209 to $96.

The 433MHz and 400MHz versions also dropped sharply, by 53 per cent and 34 per cent respectively.

The price cuts make way for new mobile processors featuring Intel's SpeedStep technology.

As for the Celerons, Intel has been losing share in the retail chip market for low-cost notebook computers to rival AMD, and the steep price cuts are designed to help it recover some of that share, said analysts. By idg staff

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