Intel Ivy Bridge Processors Might See Prices Dive by $70

February 22, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Intel Ivy Bridge processors have been finding enough and more headline space as of late. As you know, the latest Ivy Bridge chips are considered powerful processors that will be driving the upcoming Ultrabooks.

You might remember we have updated you earlier about all that we came across with regard to the Ivy Bridge chips.

The latest murmur we discovered hints at Intel considering a reduction in prices of Ivy Bridge processors. This, we hear, is in order to make sure that the chips perform well in the marketplace.

If the grapevine is to be believed that the prices will be lowered by $60 to $70 on an average basis. This price cut will surely help vendors to reduce the cost of the second-generation Ultrabooks slated to reach us in May.

In addition to the fast Ivy Bridge processors, the new Ultrabooks are expected to come sporting hybrid hard drives that will lessen the total production cost.

The hybrid HDDs provide a small SSD memory for the operating system and more traditional rotating hard drive capacity for the storage of large data.

Many vendors are trying to supply Ultrabooks cheaper than the Apple’s MacBook Air. Speculations suggest that the new ultra-thin laptops will be released at a price in the $600-$700 range.

Meanwhile, Intel has declined to comment on the rumor, but said that they are in talks with their customers, partners and suppliers in finalizing the price. The company has also reminded us that they haven’t made any announcement on the price of their latest processors until now.

Compared with Intel’s goal of replacing 40 percent of the notebooks segment with Ultrabooks by 2013, it is being envisaged that they will be able to achieve only half their target. So far, it has been rumored that the first Ivy Bridge processors will not be released until April, whereas the dual-core mobile processors will be seen in June.

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