Inside Intel's Price Cut

Analysts are parsing Intel's moves, speculating its intent may be to create problems for AMD before the launch of Barcelona, its new chip

With perhaps a month to go before launch, the next big computer chip remains a bit of a mystery, and so every shift in strategy by longtime rivals Intel and Advanced Micro Devices is being teased for hints of the battle to come. AMD has yet to disclose the performance specifications for its new chip, code-named Barcelona, which may help explain why what might otherwise seem a routine price cut by Intel is spurring anxious buzz: Perhaps Intel is conceding it may soon no longer lay claim to the dual title of biggest and fastest.

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