Intel will debut a 550MHz Pentium III at $744 on 16 May, while other members of the PIII family experience price reductions, as predicted here earlier this year.
The 550MHz part will launched at the beginning of next week, despite reports that there have been overheating problems with the part, which Intel denies.
The 500MHz PIII will fall from $637 to $482, and the 450MHz Pentium III from $411 to $268.
The Pentium II family is now close to the end of its life, as Intel phases in Pentium III and later this year, Pentium III Coppermine chips using .18 micron technology.
The 350MHz Pentium II will now, effectively, disappear. Its price will be $163 for the second price round in a row, while the PII/450 will cost $268 and the PII/400 $193. The Pentium III/450 costs $268 from 16 May.
There will be no changes in prices for Intel Celeron parts, given that the 466MHz Celeron is now the premier model and has some way to go before its price declines. All prices above are when you buy 1,000 parts.
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