On Monday Intel Corp. made price reductions to a variety of its microprocessors, including the higher-end Pentium 4 chip.

The Santa Clara, Calif. chip maker made the reductions public on its Web site through a price list.

Prices were cut on three of its mobile Pentium 4-M chips, including the mobile Pentium 4 chip running at 2.4GHz which was cut to US$348 from US$562. The 2.2GHz was reduced to US$241 from US$348 and the 2GHz to US$198 from US$241. All prices are the cost of bulk purchases of 1,000 chips.

The 3.06GHz version of Intel’s Pentium 4 desktop processor with a 533MHz front-side bus dropped to US$401 from US$589.

Three mobile Celeron chips also had some price slashing mainly for the 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz and 2GHz models. Savings range from US$15 to US$20 on the Celeron processors.

The price reductions come on the heels of Intel’s recent unveiling of faster chip models in the same categories. The company has released the 3GHz Pentium 4 with an 800MHz front side bus for US$417 and the 2.5GHZ mobile Pentium-M processor for US$562. Also newly released is the mobile 2.2GHz Celeron chip at US$149. [Please see New Intel CPUs are chip off old block.]

The last time Intel made price cuts was February.

Intel Canada is online at www.intel.com/ca.