Intel informed its partners that it isn't planning to cut prices of any notebook parts before the end of May, thereby denying speculation that it would cut prices in the first quarter.
Following a drop in net income for the fourth quarter of 2008, some market players expected Intel to reduce prices for some of its notebook products to boost market demand in the first quarter, even though this would impact notebook players still carry large inventories.
After evaluating the situation, Intel has decided to start to reduce the price of some notebook CPUs, including the Core 2 Duo T9600, by 13-40% in June. The company will also adjust the launch schedule of its next generation Calpella platform based on its partners' inventory status and market demand, the sources noted.
The sources pointed out that the notification will allow notebook players time to clear their inventories, and may also improve demand as consumers now have less incentive to wait for a price drop.