X-bit Labs reports Intel's new 32nm laptop processors are still in short supply as demand exceeds supply. Notebook manufacturers are transitioning from older platforms, but unfortunately Intel isn't able to meet the higher than expected demand.
Intel Corp. still cannot supply enough 32nm mobile central processing units (CPUs), according to Converge, a distributor of electronic components. Even though the demand towards chips is traditionally sluggish in Q1, already in March, 2010, the demand exceeded supply for certain models and in April the trend continued.
“We saw the full force of the Intel Arrandale shortage, with the Core i3-330M, Core i3-350M and Core i5-430M all suffering from depleted stock as OEMs moved from the Intel Montevina platform. This resulted in parts changing hands at inflated pricing during April. We expect the Core i3-330M to settle in the $100–$110 range, but spot market prices of around $130 have not been uncommon,” the report from Converge reads.