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CNET News.com: Glitch prompts Intel to recall 1.13-GHz Pentiums

Aug 28, 2000, 23:29 (2 Talkback[s])
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"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 chips."

"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 specifications."

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