Mobile Pentium 4 processors are getting cheaper
The Pentium 4-M processors will soon experience a price drop, if analysts are to be believed. Dean McCarron of Mercury Research suspects that Intel wants to adjust the price of mobile processors to the processors for desktop PCs.
Last year, on April 23rd, you could experience something similar with the desktop versions of the P4. At that time, Intel brought the 1.7 GHz P4 on the market for 701 dollars, a week later the 1.7 GHz P4 was only a little more than half that, namely 361 dollars. At the moment, the mobile P4 with 1.7 GHz still costs 508 dollars when purchasing 1,000 units, the desktop version, however, only costs 163 dollars.
The Pentium 4-M with the current clock rates of 1, 6 GHz and 1.7 GHz are designed for DDR RAM and 400 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). The 1.7 GHz variant should be satisfied with only 1.3 volts in the enhanced speed step mode. With up to 1.2 GHz and only 1.2 volts, the processors should then run in battery optimized mode and consume less than two watts of energy.