Intel confirmed today it has made price cuts on Celeron and 400MHz Pentium II processors last weekend.
The price cuts have come a month earlier than anticipated. The Celeron 466 now costs $147/1000, the 433MHz part $113/1000 and the 400MHz Celeron $93. The 366MHz part drops to $69/1000. The PII/400 now costs $173/1000, a 10 per cent reduction.
Further price reductions will now come mid July, as Intel has brought forward changes by one month.
Meanwhile, a decision by the World Customs Administration to reclassify CPUs as components rather than chips could raise prices of PCs worldwide.
According to English language newspaper The Korea Herald, local customs authorities have imposed a retrospective tariff on Pentium IIs and Pentium IIIs imported since May 1997.
Korean customs have just imposed an additional six per cent levy on the CPUs after a ruling by the WCO last May. That brings the tariff up to nearly 10 per cent.
At press time, Intel was unable to respond to the reports.
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