AMD may cut prices yet again next month
After slashing prices repeatedly since the introduction of Intel's Core 2 Duo processors, AMD may be about to apply yet another round of price cuts to its own chips. This time, according to a Thomas Weisel Partners report quoted by DigiTimes, the chipmaker isn't getting rid of its 90nm processors as fast as it would like. While it waits for Chartered Semiconductor to begin production of 65nm Athlons—which is expected to begin "soon"—AMD will supposedly cut prices in its entry-level 90nm lineup next month. DigiTimes says the cuts will come on April 9, and they may not be slight price adjustments: the site quotes reductions of 30-35% on average.
Entry-level 90nm processors in AMD's lineup currently include the single-core Athlon 64s and Semprons, which are all near or below the $100 mark, as well as some of the more affordable dual-core Athlon 64 X2s like the 3800+ and 4200+ models.