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Has Microsoft got the Surface Pro pricing right? Yes, but no

The Surface Pro only makes sense with a keyboard. It's competing with several comparable Intel-powered tablet-plus-keyboard combos, plus all the small ultrabooks out there. And, while its pricing is actually quite competitive against those devices, its reported battery life kills the portability factor.

December 6, 2012 by

Intel refuses to slash CPU pricing for laptop makers building Ultrabooks

The see-saw battle continues between Intel and the notebook vendors it's wooing to create its new Ultrabooks. Manufacturers have complained that part costs are too high to sell the systems for $1,000 or less, and Intel has not only thrown big marketing money their way, but also supplied a bill of materials that shows that the magic price point for Ultrabooks can be reached.

August 15, 2011 by

Intel working hard to keep Ultrabook pricing lower than $1,000

Despite Intel's lofty claims that its new Ultrabook platform of super-slim laptops would account for 40 percent of the notebook market by the end of the next year, it's been dogged by some issues as manufacturers work to get the first Ultrabooks out the door. The most notable one is the price tag, and the chip giant is stepping up efforts to show that the laptops don't need to cost more than $1,000.

August 5, 2011 by

Intel's next generation of X25-M SSD drives includes 600GB model

Solid state drives have been marketed as offering speedier performance than typical hard drives -- making them great alternative boot drives for your OS -- but with the caveat that you will receive far less capacity at a higher price. Intel may not have completely solved the pricing issue, but it appears to have figured out how to move past the storage size limitations.

October 6, 2010 by

Fujitsu adds server to 'zero-watt' hardware portfolio

(Updated July 25, 2010, to add pricing) For smaller companies that are interested in a more energy-efficiency entry level server, Fujitsu has just come out with the Primergy TX100 S2, based on the Intel Xeon processor 3400 series.The big value proposition for the new hardware is that it draws zero watts during its off state; most other server models draw some sort of residual power even they are supposedly powered down.

July 22, 2010 by

Barcelona will give AMD the upper hand in quad core

With Barcelona, AMD will regain performance leadership and will be able to control pricing for a while, versus Intel, which has been hammering AMD on pricing at the low end processor segment, said industry analyst Nathan Brookwood of Insight 64."It looks like AMD is trying to match Intel in terms of both two-year cadence in process manufacturing cycles and in developing new cores.

July 26, 2007 by

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