Intel are promising channel partners that its Core 2 Duo processors will have strong availability when the processors launch on July 23rd.
Intel used to provide larger-quantity orders and rebates to OEMs, with the price gap ranging from 10% to 30% between its price offerings to OEM and channel players, indicated the sources. As reported on May 26, Taiwan makers have been informed by Intel that the chip giant will give the same quotes to OEMs and channel companies, as well as the same quantity of orders, after upcoming price reductions on July 23.
However, Taiwan-based motherboard makers doubt Intel's ability to supply a sufficient quantity of Core 2 Duo processors. Sales of the Core 2 Duo line may account for less than 10% of Intel's total CPU sales and that the first batch of the Core 2 Duo processors may be limited and will be delivered mainly to international vendors, the makers indicated.
In addition, the new CPU prices that Intel is going to publish on July 23 will still have a price gap of up to US$6 between prices offered to OEMs and the channel, stated the makers.