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Intel Corp. made an announcement today to cut prices for some processors over a period of three months starting next month in order to regain market share from AMD Inc. Intel plans on reducing the price of the Core 2 Quad processor by 50% on July 22. The move will pressure AMD to reduce prices too and probably comes as a response to the upcoming launch of AMD’s own quad-core processors, the Phenom, which will arrive in the second half of 2007. "Last year, a price war led to a 42 percent decline in annual profit at Intel and a $166 million loss at Advanced Micro.""Advanced Micro Chief Marketing Officer Henri Richard said last week that he was 'concerned' that Intel would cut prices of quad-core... Read more...
Sony has recently cut $100 off its BDP-S300 Blu-ray DVD player, which has fallen to an unprecedented price of $499, about half of what it cost six months ago at its introduction. The price cut comes in response to growing demand for new technology and lower production costs, according to Sony. However, Sony's rival Toshiba is asking less than $300 for its next generation HD DVD player. "Both companies have struggled to win customers for their respective systems as the battle of the formats is causing confusion, according to analysts." "They believe customers will wait to see which one the market will settle for in an echo of the 1980s Betamax-VHS videotape battle."... Read more...
Experts believe that DRAM prices are near rock bottom. Inventories remain strong, which means that prices are not likely to increase significantly anytime soon. As DRAM prices increased just slightly on Thursday and Friday, shares of Samsung, the number 1 DRAM chip maker, rose 3.9%. Other major DRAM manufacturers, including Hynix, Elpida Memory, and Nanya saw similar increases. The fact that share values are so senstive to DRAM market prices may be a sign that prices have bottomed out. "Shares of Asian chipmakers rallied on Friday as spot prices for computer memory chips gained, fanning speculation that the market may have bottomed out." "If inventories... Read more...
AMD got a little buzz last week when they talked about the bigtime capabilities of their next-generation  processors, code-named Barcelona, due out later this year. As usual, Intel doesn't hesitate to ramp up the pressure on their competitor, and is planning huge price cuts on their  existing versions of  quad-core  processors for desktops and servers. According to DailyTech, the price cuts will kick in on July 22nd. The first part of the price cuts will center on Intel's quad-core desktop processors. The Q6600, which Intel launched in February, currently sells for $530 in quantities of 1000. When the product was originally launched, it was priced at $851 in quantities of 1000. The... Read more...
Are you holding off on buying RAM because prices keep going down, while at the same time major players continually release faster modules?  If so, you'll want to read this article that ExtremeTech wrote on the subject: "A new report from market research firm DRAMeXchange says that DRAM contract prices may finally hit bottom sometime during the second half of 2007.  After sliding to roughly $20 in the second half of April, DRAM contract prices will likely decline even more before the PC selling season ramps up and demand increases, the DRAMeXchange report said.  To date, the research firm said that the pricing environment for the market has remained stagnant because of sluggish demand over the... Read more...
Intel  announced price cuts, as much as 40%, on  both its desktop and server processors.  Rival chipmaker AMD announced a 611 million dollar loss for the first quarter already. Someone please take AMD's belt and shoelaces away for the rest of the week. For the desktop market, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 has fallen in price to US$530 while CPUs in the Core 2 Duo E6X00-series have been cut by up to 40%. Intel also introduced two new processors, the E6420 and E6320, which share equivalent features to the similarly numbered E6400 and E6300 CPUs but have an increased L2 cache of 4MB. Entire list after the jump. What  do you think? Do you like the idea of AMD challenging Intel enough... Read more...
The good news: Prices going down... The bad news: This is for owners who have already purchased a license. "One of the best things about Windows Vista's new packaging is the fact that all retail versions of the OS are on one disc. If you have one copy of Vista, you have the code for almost all of the other versions. That's the driving force behind Anytime Upgrade, and it's also the reason why Microsoft is now trying to entice consumers into buying discounted licenses. This past week the company announced the Windows Vista Additional License program, which provides discounts to customers who have already purchased either a retail or an OEM edition... Read more...
It's a fairly safe assumption that both AMD and Intel have a good idea what is going on with the other company, especially when it comes to products that are due to see the light of day soon. This means that Intel probably has a very good idea of what to expect from AMD quad-core CPUs that are due out in few short months. So what does Intel think of Barcelona? Well, according to this DailyTech article, it seems that Intel has abandoned a 2.13GHz quad-core CPU and is now planning on bumping their existing mid-high end 2.4GHz chip down in price, possibly even cheaper than they had planned on for the 2.13GHz. If all this ends up coming about the way DailyTech says it might, then it would seem... Read more...
It appears Intel will be cutting prices on its quad-core CPUs leading up to the release of AMD's native quad-core Barcelona family of processors. The price war between Intel and AMD, a constant conflict which culminated last year when Intel released its Core 2 and AMD cut prices on its Athlon 64 X2 products, will most likely continue. Expect to see price cuts for Intel's QX6700 and Q6600 in the months to come as well. AMD is expected to ship its native quad-core desktop CPUs, now dubbed K10, in Q3 2007. Intel guidance already states the company will accelerate the ongoing price war through Q3 2007 -- a price war that has already taken its toll on AMD and Intel profits.... Read more...
With AMD's new chips expected to be out in Q3 2007, Intel has decided to cut prices for their Core 2 Duo and Quad models in the second quarter of 2007. For example, Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 will be reduced from $851 to $530, and the Core 2 Duo E6700 will go from $530 to $316. Those aren't the only price cuts however, as a number of chips are due to have their prices slashed. "Over and above, though Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6300 (1.83 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) haven't got too much cut in this plan, says from $224 to $183 (18.3%) and from $183 to $163 (10.9%), Intel would like to give a special gift to this models, a 2MB extra L2 Cache (total 4MB L2 Cache).... Read more...
Are LCD manufacturers colluding to keep prices artificially high? If they are, they're doing a crummy job; LCD prices are plummeting. Regulatory agencies in Japan and The US are looking at Samsung, NEC, Sharp, AU Optronics, LG Phillips, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics anyway: The companies are being investigated for allegedly curbing their output for the purpose of keeping LCD prices from falling too quickly, something that has been a great concern for some electronics manufacturers as of late. Sony's president Stan Glasgow told reporters last week that prices for LCD televisions will drop 25 to 30 percent this year, a more drastic drop than... Read more...
If you've been waiting for the next round of price cuts to buy a new processor, get your credit card ready. According to the Inquirer, AMD quietly slashed prices on a number of popular desktop and Opteron processors. "The 754 pin Sempron 3000+ will cost $44 from $50, the Sempron 3200+ AM2 will cost $56 from $66 and fall to $51 on the 22nd of January 2007. Other AM2 chips affected are the 3800+ down to $138 from $152, the X2 4200+ and EE down from $186 to $173, and the X2 4600+ down to $215 from $240. The X2 5000+ drops from $300 to $285, along with the EE version, while X2 5200+ drop from $403 to $296." Street prices haven't come down to these levels just yet, but they're coming.... Read more...
Earlier this week, Hot Hardware mentioned that Canon and Toshiba had announced their deal to build a factory in Japan to build great big SED widescreens, and predicted it would put pressure on other screen prices. Now the latest  Business Week outlines the coming race to the bottom for prices on LCD and Plasma screens, just in time for Christmas. Coincidence? We think not. "The only ones making money in the TV business this year will be the guys who deliver the sets and the people who sell the stands and the mounting brackets," says analyst Rosemary Abowd of Pacific Media Associates in Menlo Park, Calif. The imminent price war will pit... Read more...
There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system. Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259) Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199) Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159) Vista Home Basic - $199 (XP Upgrade - $99)   "Current customer preview program participants will be able to access the latest Vista test code beginning this week. Microsoft will open the program to new participants in the coming days, it says. Vista RC1 will post to the company's MSDN and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download this week. In addition, Microsoft says... Read more...
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