Pricing updates as reported by DigiTimes:
|Intel has set the pricing for six 45nm dual-core notebook CPUs it is planning to launch in late June along with its Centrino 2 notebook platform, according to sources at notebook makers.
The CPUs will have model numbers of X9100, T9600, P9500, T9400, P8600 and P9400 and be priced at US$851, US$530, US$348, US$316, US$241 and US$209, respectively, in thousand-unit tray quantities.
In the third quarter, Intel will launch the quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9300 priced at US$1,038 for the enthusiast market, and will follow up with a more moderately priced Q9100 in the fourth quarter, added the sources.
However, high prices and limitations in terms of heat dissipation and weight mean that quad-core notebooks will remain top-end niche products in 2008, and it will take about a year before they become common in the mainstream market, industry watchers predict. At that time, desktop PCs are expected to face a stall in growth, or even a drop, as notebooks become a viable alternative for a higher proportion of consumers.