Intel has reportedly notified its partners of plans to
reduce prices of the existing Sandy Bridge-based
processors, in en effort to clear up inventory toward
the relese of the new Ivy-bridge processors next year.
Digitimes.com expects some Core i3 and i5 series
processors to see a drop of 10-15%, according to
information obtained by sources from notebook players
Intel is set to announce its next-generation Ivy
Bridge-based processor in April of 2012 and the price
reduction could stimulate the market demand with
notebook vendors such as Lenovo, Asustek Computer and
Vendors are also expected to drop the prices of their
first-generation Core i5-based ultrabooks to US$799-899
in January of 2012.
Next-generation 22nm Ivy Bridge-based processors
including Core i5-3450, Core i7-3370, are expected to
be priced between US$184-332, just US$10-15 more
expensive than some of Intel's existing CPU models.