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People familiar with plans of Intel Corporation disclosed today that the Santa Clara, California-based semiconductor giant decided to lower prices of its Pentium 4 processors two weeks earlier than expected originally.

According to the most recent plans of Intel, the company kicks off new Pentium 4 processors on Prescott core with SSE3 and 1MB of L2 cache and also publishes the new price-lists on all of its microprocessors on the 2nd of February 2004, which is 10 days from now. According to initial information about February’s price-drop, the co wanted to lower chip pricing on the 15th of February.

Here is how Intel’s price-list on desktop processors will look like starting from the mentioned date:

Intel Performance Desktop Processors' Pricing

Model

Prices

 

26, October

2, February

Pentium 4 XE 3.40GHz

-

$999

Pentium 4 XE 3.20GHz

-

$925

Prescott 3.40GHz

-

$417

Pentium 4 3.40GHz

-

$417

Prescott 3.20GHz

-

$278

Pentium 4 3.20GHz

$417

$278

Prescott 3.00GHz

-

$218

Pentium 4 3.00GHz

$278

$218

Pentium 4 3.06GHz (533MHz QPB)

$262

$218

Prescott 2.80GHz

-

$178

Pentium 4 2.80GHz (800MHz QPB)

$218

$178

Pentium 4 2.80GHz (533MHz QPB)

$193

$163

Pentium 4 2.60GHz

$178

-

Pentium 4 2.66, 2.53GHz (533MHz QPB)

$163

-

The Prescott 3.60GHz chip will debut in the second quarter at $637 if the current plans remain unchanged, the Prescott 3.80GHz processor will be launched on the Q3 2004 at the same price-point.

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