San Francisco--Sep 29--Confirming its second
glitch this week, Intel Corp.
told Bridge News today
that it has asked computer makers to stop
Pentium III Xeon-based servers in some configurations.
Intel officials say a
flaw occurs when certain
versions of Intel's highest-end chip are used
8-processor servers using Intel's motherboards and chips.
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Intel said the problem affects only Xeons
with 512 kilobytes or 1 megabyte
of level 2 cache,
not the most robust chip, which comes with 2
The bug, which can cause servers
to restart during operation, also appears
occur only when the Xeon chips are used with Intel's
Saber motherboard and
Profusion chip set. However,
Intel has asked computer makers to do
testing on their systems as well.
IBM and Dell said
they would ship systems only with the 2MB-cached
until the problem is resolved.
Chuck Mulloy said the chip giant is working on a
and hopes to have one within a few weeks.
meantime, Intel is continuing to ship the Xeon, even in the
512KB and 1MB configurations, because the problem has
not cropped up with
systems based on non-Intel
News of the Xeon problem follows word Monday that
Intel was delaying
indefinitely the launch of its
820 chip set, the first chip set to support a
memory technology licensed by Rambus Inc. A
Bridge News reported last week, a glitch can cause data
errors on computer
motherboards that use the 820 and
have 3 sockets for Rambus-based memory.
at Intel and computer makers said that the impact to
from the Xeon problem should be minimized by the fact
that most that would want
the Xeons for a server
with 8 processors would also want the highest level
cache memory. Cache is high-speed memory set aside for
often-used data, with
level 1 cache referring to memory
on the processor itself and level 2 cache
While most of the big name computer makers that
are offering the 8-processor
machines are using
Intel's companion chip set and motherboard, Compaq
Corp. is using its own motherboard. Compaq said in a
statement that it is not
experiencing problems in with
any of the Xeons.
"Compaq designs and
manufactures its own 8-way server motherboard, and
weeks of thorough testing, Compaq and Intel have
confidently determined that the
'bug' is confined to the
Intel Saber motherboard, and there have
problems with respect to the Compaq design."
Pentium III Xeon shipments for computers with 8
probably in the tens of thousands, and
that is with all levels of cache.
550 MHz Xeons are also Intel's most expensive chips.
Xeon with 512KB of cache lists for $931,
the 1MB version has a sticker price of
unblemished 2MB version costs a hefty $3,692. All prices
are for 1,000 unit volumes.
A source at one
computer maker says the problem is noise generated by
P-III Xeon in the 512KB and 1MB configurations. The
source said that while some
motherboards appear to be
able to withstand the noise, others, such as
Intel says the problem is a signal
issue that occurs only when the voltages
the limits of the specification.
cause of the problem, Intel's big customers may be
frustrated by having to deal with what they see as Intel
"They have problems with the 820, they have
problems with this," said the
source. "In the long run,
customers are frustrated and OEMs (computer makers)
losing out." End
like TDFX when it is down, rather than wait for
it to go up like it is supposed to before buying
does this merger make sense for Intel???
Besides, there are no Jews in this
cpu processing with graphics chip processing? Is
this possible? Think Intel could get good value by
going back into video graphics, seems chips &
technologies was just wrong company to choose. What are
chances of intel buying someone else in this area. Seems
a few of the companies, noteably industry leader,
TDFX have real cheap stock prices at
Shouldn't Intel buy a company like this when it is down,
rather than wait for it to go up like it is supposed to
before buying next year??
Question, does this merger make sense for Intel???
falling further behind the Nasdaq in performance
Any chimp would have done better than the Intel
Morons by buying the NASDAQ 100.
And the Intel
MORONS think that they have a great investment!!! Thats
where the JOKE is.
INTEL is SCREWED BABY