Chip giant Intel Corp. took the gloves off yesterday, announcing that it's going to be able to cut prices on its older chips faster because of its implementation of more-efficient manufacturing technologies. As Intel moves into a fourth factory it's built, it will be easier for the company to quickly ramp up to more 65-nanometer Core architecture products by the end of the year. According to Intel spokesman Chuck Malloy,
"We have a more aggressive product and manufacturing ramp, so those older Pentium products will move down faster. It's not like we're cutting prices for the sake of cutting prices."Although Intel wouldn't say how much of a price cut this would mean, analysts predicted that old-school Pentium chip prices could plummet by somewhere between 8% and 61% by late next month. This will make everything cheaper.