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Pentium 4 shortages to ease next quarter

Intel S&M chief tells mobo makers

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Intel has confirmed that the current shortages preventing its customers from getting hold of sufficient Socket 478 Pentium 4 processors will be eased sometime during the Q1 2002.

The admission was made by Intel executive VP and head of sales and marketing Mike Splinter to Taiwanese mobo maker, according to a report in Taiwan's Chinese language Economic Daily newspaper.

Last week, an Intel Far East spokeswoman hinted that the shortages, which the chip giant originally told its sales channel would be cease to be a problem by the end of October, wouldn't improve before the end of the year. More cautious mobo makers had already said they didn't expect the problem to be solved until this month at the earliest.

Splinter pledged that Intel will work to improve the supply of P4s and that the shortage will be eased during the first three months of 2002. Coincidentally, Intel will release its first 0.13 micron P4s, at 2GHz and 2.2GHz, during that period - in the first week of January, to be precise.

Intel will then cut P4 prices on 27 January, according to the company's roadmap. This past Sunday, 2 December, Intel cut the prices of its desktop and server PIII processors to boost demand of that chip while low- to mid-range P4s are hard to come by. ®

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