Intel admits to Xeon problem

Intel admits to Xeon problem
Tom Foremski Intel has confirmed that there is a problem with its high-end Xeon microprocessor that prevents it from being used in four-way servers. Xeon, a Pentium-II with a faster bus and larger caches, was officially introduced yesterday (Tuesday). The bug surfaced when Intel was testing the chip with its new 450NX chipset which is essential in producing high performance servers, a key market for Intel. Intel has warned customers that it could be eight weeks before it fixes the problem resulting in major delays for Xeon-based servers. “We are working on a fix and should have it available soon,” said an Intel spokesperson. The problem could result in lower sales of Xeon chips this year. This would be a problem for Intel which is banking on high profits on the expensive Xeon microprocessors to offset small profit margins in its low end Celeron processors. A 400MHz Xeon with 1Mbyte of cache will sell for more than $2,800 in high volume orders. So far, Intel says that there is no problem with using Xeon in single processor workstation configurations. Intel will soon introduce its 440GX chipset which allows manufacturers to build two-way Xeon-based systems.


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