Intel Plans Price Cuts and New Processors

Digitimes reports that Intel is preparing to use some additional price cuts in October to help phase out the stock of the budget-oriented Celeron D CPU's. As these processors are taken off the market, Intel will be replacing them with a single-core variant of the new Core 2 processors. Dubbed Conroe-L, these new processors will be released in the second quarter of 2007. An exciting new product for the value segment will also be the release of the Core 2 Duo E4300 dual-core processor in the first quarter of 2007. The Core 2 Duo E4200 processor which was originally aimed to launch in the fourth quarter of this year will be scrapped in favor of launching the E4300 processor with a healthy 200Mhz jump in core frequency. Although the higher-end markets have been receiving the vast majority of attention with the launch of the Core 2 Duo processors, one can clearly see that Intel is not forgetting about the budget conscious markets as well though they will have wait for their new toys.

"Intel originally planned to position the E4200, which will represent the entry level of its Core 2 Duo CPU family, against AMD's forthcoming Socket-AM2 Athlon 64 X2 3600+ CPU. However, recent tests indicated that the E4200 could hardly outperform the Athlon 64 X2 3600+, prompting Intel to change its roadmap, the sources said, noting that the E4300 CPU will feature a core speed of 1.8GHz, as compared to a core speed of 1.6GHz for the E4200."