In order to speed up adoption of quad-core CPUs, Intel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Corporation
is planning to offer its upcoming 3.2GHz Extreme series Bloomfield processor at $999
in thousand-unit tray quantities, US$500 cheaper compared to the current top-end Core 2 Extreme QX9770 which sells at $1499
, according to sources at motherboard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motherboard
makers. In the past, Intel had always priced its flagship http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagship
Extreme model at $999, but recent product launches saw the company abandon its traditional pricing scale, and introduce even steeper prices.