Is Intel Making This Technology Cheaper for Consumers?
Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) will begin offering less expensive Celeron processors, which in turn, could mean more affordable ultrabooks.
During the third quarter, Intel plans on introducing four Celeron processors, including the ULV 877 and 807, which will be priced at $86 and $70 respectively.
The more moderately priced CPUs could mean a reduction in ultrabook prices to $699 during the third quarter and dropping to $599 by the start of 2013. As an additional effort to curb the price of ultrabooks, the portion of ultrabooks with SSDs will decline from 86 percent during the first quarter of 2012 to 56 percent during the second quarter. The reduction in SSD use is an attempt on the part of vendors to reduce component costs, according to Digitimes.
Intel released Ivy Bridge quad-core processors for notebooks and high-end desktops in April and plans a second wave of processors for release on June 3. The company hopes to launch five new Core-i3 dual-core processors during the third quarter that will range in price from $117 to $138. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to use the Ivy Bridge chips in a new line of MacBooks many believe it will introduce at its World Wide Developers Conference next month.