Foster, Xeon prices and strategies leak

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Roadmap Chip giant Intel will introduce 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz of its server version of the Pentium 4 - code-named Foster, at $490 and $695 respectively, when it launches them.

That could be as early as Q1 next year, although currently Chipzilla is keeping its cards close to its chest.

However, roadmaps seen by The Register just a few days ago, show that the 1GHz Pentium III Xeon, which cost $515 on the 29th of October last, will be dropped in price to $425 on the 28th January, while the 1GHz using the SECC2 package, will fall to $358 from its October price of $475 on the same day.

Intel has decided to cut its server chip prices at the same time as its desktop processor prices, it appears. Mobile prices also change on that day.

The prices of the Foster chip should be compared with the new prices on the Pentium 4 1.4/1.5GHz processors, which we published over the weekend.

Intel may not stick to this dual approach to desktop and server prices, which is intended as an attempt to gradually shift the current emphasis on Coppermine and Coppermine-T technology to its Willamette-Foster platforms. ®

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