Intel has made a recent revision to its game plan: Conroe-based E2140 budget-class desktop CPUs will no longer be phased out, at least not until later on. Intel’s original arrangement was to reduce the price of the E2160 from $84 to $74 USD and launch the E2180 on August 26 to take the E2160’s place at $84 USD. The original plan called for the cancellation of the E2140.
Currently, the E2140 sits at a price of $74 USD, which will be reduced to $71 on July 22 and $64 on August 26. Sources claim that the reason for Intel’s change of mind is to compete with AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and 3600+ CPUs for market share in emerging markets.