Intel sure is getting prepared for this year's battle against AMD new processors that will be introduced during the first and second halves of 2003. With two price cuts already scheduled for the whole line of Pentium 4 CPUs, we will have 3GHz products hitting mainstream very soon and giving room for faster models to be introduced.

Intel will pull out its scissors next month to make the first of two price cuts scheduled for this quarter, sources say. The price cuts for the desktop chips, including the top-of-the-line 3.06GHz Pentium 4, will range from about $25 to $50, sources said.