Intel confirmed that it delayed releasing its Pentium II/mobile processor running at 300MHz so that it would not be swamped by the announcements on its PII/450MHz and Mendocino Celeron processors.
At the same time, more details have emerged of the price cuts it will make in mid-September which will dictate the way the Christmas market appears.
A representative from Intel UK confirmed that the PII/mobile will now be released in September, although he was unwilling to give price details. Nor would he confirm revamped Pentium II prices.
According to sources the PII/333MHz will now slump in price from $262 to around $230, making this an unattractive processor for first time buyers or people looking for additional performance.
The so-called "sweet spot" is the latest 450MHz chip released yesterday, although this too is likely to have a reasonably short shelf life. However it starts at $80 below Intel's 400MHz Pentium II.
Intel's mobile road map will change next year with the introduction of technology intended to bridge the gap between the desktop and the mobile market.
But the entire industry, never mind first time buyers and end users, are still waiting for Intel to come clean on its product roadmap. In 1998 it has cut prices and introduced new lines. So far, it has failed to lay out its market stall so that people can see clearly whether PCs they are buying will be out of date within months.
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