Despite shortages of high-end Pentium Pro chips, US sources have suggested that Intel is likely to cut prices on the microprocessors in the next month. But the company will attempt to keep Pentium chip prices stable until next February as it readies itself for the introduction of its Klamath card.
A representative for Intel UK said she was unable to confirm whether 200MHz Pros with 512Kbytes of second level cache will drop by around three per cent in early November and the 256K unit by six per cent.
Intel will introduce the first of its Klamath line earlier than expected, according to one large OEM. The unit will be aggressively priced at around the $800 mark when bought in quantities of 1,000. The company will begin to publicly announce more details of the proprietary Klamath device in February and is expected then to slash the prices of many Pentium devices by as much as a third.
The same OEM said that Intel has already released plans of its Deschutes multiprocessor device to selected customers. He said it will support up to 32 Pro class processors and have more second-level cache. But he said it will demand a fresh iteration of Windows NT. Microsoft and Intel are already jointly working on a scaleable operating system to support Deschutes, he said.
He said that the Deschutes device was intended to support clustering initiatives for high-end PC servers which are likely to come to fruition towards the middle of next year.
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