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After a rather shaky start in production, Intel has got into its stride on Coppermine and will cut prices of the newer chips on the 12th of December. It launched the parts on the 25th of October but supplies of some remain scanty. And rather than slash prices on the existing .25 micron chips in early December, which most of its distributors and dealers expected, instead Intel will take that pricing action on January 23rd 2000. The dealers and distributors expected Intel to cut prices on its .25 micron line of microprocessors first. On the 12th of December, Intel will cut prices on its newer Coppermine desktop and Xeon parts, which have only just begun to filter into the channel and machines. It will make a fresh set of cuts in the New Year, to include both .18 micron and .25 micron Pentiums. In January, Intel will also cut prices on a number of other parts, including Coppermines (again), chips at .25 micron, and existing .25 Xeon parts too. This will make the second price cut on Coppermines within a month. Intel will also change its prices on mobile processors on the 23rd of January, suggesting that it is, at long last, beginning to ramp up on Pentium III mobiles, which use .18 micron technology. There has been a big shortage of these newer parts, except to select customers. The news means that Intel is moving its four existing .18 micron fabs to faster production, as it cranks up the process. The price cuts will apply to both boxed parts and to tray parts, and once again underline that if you buy a PC for Christmas, you may well be sorry. ® See also Why Intel's Coppermines are like hen's teeth Buy a PC for Xmas and Yule be sorry Intel fashion machines now unlikely before Yule Huge shortages, technical problems hit Coppermine debut AMD set to benefit from Intel mobile embarrassment

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