Intel has dismissed reports that it plans to change its pricing policy and set different prices for processors sold in China.
"That's not true," an Intel China spokesperson said. The company's pricing policy remained unchanged, she added.
Intel generally sets standard prices for its processors with a list posted on its website. But these prices, for units of 1,000 chips, are not set in stone and do not cover all the chips it sells. The actual prices that Intel charges for its chips can differ from one customer to another, based on factors such as the quantity of chips purchased.
The Intel China spokesperson said reports of a pricing change in China stemmed from a misunderstanding over an announcement that Intel will use new packaging for boxed processors sold in China. Previously, Intel sold boxed processors in China with English-language packaging. Boxed processors are sold to consumers, generally to be used inside home-built PCs.
The new processor packaging, in Chinese, will be introduced on 20 June with boxed versions of the Pentium Dual-Core E2160 and E2140, which run at clock speeds of 1.8GHz and 1.6GHz, respectively. Both chips have 1MB of on-chip cache.
Neither the E2160 or E2140 is listed on Intel's most recent price list.