In the second quarter of 2007, Intel will unveil a pricing campaign. The Q6600 quad-core processor which will be unveiled in January will drop from $851 to $530.
The Core 2 Quad Q6400 is expected to be priced at US$400-500 when it hits the market in the third quarter of 2007, when Intel's quad-core are forecasted to double compared to the second quarter, the sources added.
Intel will also cut prices for its Core 2 Duo E6700, E6600, E6400, E6300 and E4300 processors in the second quarter, the sources said, adding that the price of the E6700 will be lowered to US$316 from the current US$530.
The effect of price cut will be noticed in Intel's shipments in the third quarter, with multi-core processors expected to account for 80% of the chipmaking giant's shipments, the sources said.