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Vendors gear up for Sonoma notebook inventory clearance

Notebook vendors, including Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP), with each receiving hundreds of thousands of Dothan processors from Intel, expect to completely clear their inventory of Sonoma notebooks by the end of the third quarter, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. As reported on June 29, notebook makers were requested to help clear out Intel’s Sonoma CPU inventory of about four million units.

Notebook vendors, including Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP), with each receiving hundreds of thousands of Dothan processors from Intel, expect to completely clear their inventory of Sonoma notebooks by the end of the third quarter, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. As reported on June 29, notebook makers were requested to help clear out Intel’s Sonoma CPU inventory of about four million units.

Acer was the first to kick off promotions of low-cost Sonoma notebooks, indicated the sources. The Taiwan vendor is looking to push its dual-core notebook lines, which will all be based on the Napa and Merom platforms, after the third quarter of this year, the sources noted. Dell and HP, which have not moved to launch low-priced Sonoma notebooks in the market, are expected to soon follow suit, according to the sources.

While jointly clearing the inventory of Sonoma notebooks in the market, shrinking average selling price (ASP) and profits may inevitably threaten the vendors, the sources stated. Acer’s aggressive push of Sonoma notebook sales raised the company’s shipments 30% sequentially in June, but its revenues only grew 15%, cited the sources

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