Price cuts on Intel processors following the company's announcement of new Pentiums this week mean the end of the MMX line is close.
As reported here earlier, Intel has decided to phase out the processors, and has now stated officially that it is ceasing production.
That will mean that the Pentium MMX chips, first introduced at the beginning of 1997, will now be phased out by the end of the year, leaving 32-bit processors as the entry level chip for all machines.
Intel officially cut prices on four of its Pentium IIs yesterday. The 233MHz processor now costs $198, down from $268, the 266MHz is $246 ($375), the 300MHz part $375 ($530) and the 333MHz part $492 ($583). All prices are in units of 1,000.
The price cuts will pave the way for further reductions throughout this year, as Intel introduces further models of the PII.
Meanwhile, Intel also cut prices on the MMX chips that remain in its range. The 233MHz unit is now $134, down from $193 and the 166MHz and 200MHz chips are $95 ($123).
If demand for MMX technology continues, some chips will be in short supply even in the near term, forcing dealers and smaller OEMs to switch to the PII modules - a situation Intel will encourage.
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