"Intel has recalled its fastest chip--the 1.13-GHz Pentium
III--saying the chip could cause system errors when running certain
programs and at a particular temperature. The problem is with
certain circuits of the chip that have been shown to malfunction in
laboratory tests under certain conditions, said Intel spokesman
Howard High. Intel said it has not received reports from customers
of any problems, but the glitch has been noted by some hardware
review sites in recent days."
"Intel said it has identified the cause of the problem and will
fix it by redesigning the circuits in question. "It's probably a
couple of months before we get units back into the marketplace,"
High said. Although other Pentium III processors have the same
design, Intel said it has not found the same problem in other
"High said various computer hardware review sites began
noting a problem with certain kernels of the Linux operating
system. Intel at first could replicate the problem only when the
chips were operated outside recommended temperature specifications.
Over the weekend, it began noticing problems even within the chip's