Originally created 08/25/04

Intel slashes prices by up to 35 percent



NEW YORK - Semiconductor giant Intel Corp. cut the prices on some of its Pentium and Itanium chips Sunday by as much as a third.

Intel said the price moves do not reflect efforts to reduce inventory and are part of its normal business.

The price of the Pentium 4 560 chip was reduced by 35 percent to $417 from $637.

Its Pentium 4 550 went to $278 from $417, a 33 percent decline.

The price changes were available on Intel's Web site and reflect chips purchased in 1,000 unit lots by computer manufacturers.

Intel cut the price of Mobile Pentium 4 538 20 percent to $234 from $294 and its Itanium 2 1Ghz chip 29 percent to $530 from $744.

The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker did not change the prices on its Centrino chips, which have built-in wireless functions.