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Intel gives Broadwells and Haswells their Meltdown medicine

Intel slipped out a new Microcode Update Guidance on Monday, revealing that lots of Haswell and Broadwell Xeons can now receive inoculations against the Meltdown and Spectre CPU design flaws. The new document (PDF) says Broadwell processors with CPUIDs 50662, 50663, 50664, 40671, 406F1, 306D4 and 40671 are ready for their …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2018
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Ohhhh-klahoma! Where Verizon's sweeping legacy down the drain

Verizon's enthusiasm for 5G and virtualization has spawned a virtual radio access network trial in the USA. The network know-how came from Nokia. Intel, always alive to a network architecture that can put once-specialised functions onto lots of generic servers, also took part. Nokia called the “Cloud RAN” trial, in Oklahoma …

Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems

Cisco has used Mobile World Congress 2018 to tout a group of vendors working on open tech for the mobile radio access network. “Virtual RAN” – Radio Access Network – refers to a shift in base station architecture away from proprietary functions running on vendor-specific base station hardware. vRAN remakes the mobile network …
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A bit of intel on AMD's embedded Epyc and Ryzen processors

The "other" X86 mill-maker, AMD, has unveiled its efforts to position its Zen architecture kit as an embedded solution for networking, storage, edge and industrial devices: a brace of Epyc and Ryzen processors. The semiconductor firm is aiming Epyc 3000 at networking, storage and edge computing devices and the Ryzen V1000 at …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2018
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Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it

Letters sent to the United States Congress by Intel and the other six companies in the Meltdown/Spectre disclosure cabal have revealed how and why they didn't inform the wider world about the dangerous chip design flaws. Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to the seven in January, to seek …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2018
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Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong

Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. Which is actually pretty bad news, because laptops with built-in-modems never …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2018
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Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

It's not just Intel facing a legal firestorm over its handling of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU design flaws – AMD is also staring at a growing stack of class-action complaints related to the chip vulnerabilities. At least four separate lawsuits have now been filed against the California-based processor slinger, alleging …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Feb 2018
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If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted

Updated For the second time of asking, Intel has issued microcode updates to computer makers that it prays says will mitigate the Spectre variant two design flaw impacting generations of x86 CPUs spewed out over previous decades. Yep, old Chipzilla has turned up at the scene of the metaphorical IT industry earthquake with a dustpan …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2018
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Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

Intel says it is facing 32 separate class-action lawsuits following the revelations it shipped millions of processors with security design flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. The figure was slipped into its annual 10-K financial filing, submitted earlier this week to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Speaking to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2018
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Intel adopts Orwellian irony with call for fast Meltdown-Spectre action after slow patch delivery

Intel's offered the world some helpful advice about how to handle the Meltdown and Spectre chip design flaws it foisted on the world. "I can't emphasize enough how critical it is for everyone to always keep their systems up-to-date," wrote Navin Shenoy, executive veep and general manager of Intel's data centre group, bemoaning …
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Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips

Intel will today add the D-2100 x86-64 system-on-chip to its lineup of Xeon D x86-64 processors, billing it as its "fastest low-power edge processor." The Xeon D CPU family is aimed at powering web servers, high-speed cellular broadband towers, regional and branch office systems, warm file storage in the cloud, data center …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Feb 2018
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Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs

Interview We spoke to several people about Intel ruler and Samsung mini-ruler SSDs and thought we'd have some fun getting a point of view from Infinidat. Our expectation was that, as INFINIDAT uses disk for capacity storage and says you don't need all-flash arrays for performance, we might not even get a reply. We were wrong, and we …
Chris Mellor, 7 Feb 2018
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Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory

Interview Intel and Samsung have introduced "ruler" format SSDs, longer than the standard 2.5-inch drive format, and with higher capacities. However, adoption has been slow. Supermicro is bringing in ruler SSD-using servers, but few others. Why is that? Are the formats unsuitable in some way? We asked senior 451 analyst Steven Hill for …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2018

Beat Wall St estimates, share price falls 5%. Who else but... AMD?

AMD says it managed to boost revenues by 34 per cent as its Ryzen and Radeon chip lines rack up sales. The other-other CPU builder reports it managed to turn a profit for both the quarter and the 2017 fiscal year. For Q4: Revenues of $1.48bn were up 34 per cent from the year-ago quarter's $1.11bn and ahead of analyst …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2018
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Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants 'before US govt' about CPU bugs

Intel warned Chinese firms about its infamous Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities before informing the US government, it has emerged. Select big customers – including Lenovo and Alibaba – learned of the design blunders some time before Uncle Sam and smaller cloud computing suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reports …
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2018

You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

The Spectre processor design vulnerability is here to stay. Even if you choose to ignore it, the problem still exists. This is potentially a very bad thing for public cloud vendors. It may end up being great for chip manufacturers. It's fantastic for VMware. Existing patches can fix Meltdown, but only seem to be able to …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jan 2018
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Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch

Microsoft has implemented Intel's advice to reverse the chipmaker's Spectre variant 2 microcode patches. Redmond issued a rare weekend out-of-cycle advisory on Saturday here, to make the unwind possible. Intel's first patch was so bad, it made many computers less stable, sending Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds into a …

FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

In 2015, Microsoft senior engineer Dan Luu forecast a bountiful harvest of chip bugs in the years ahead. "We’ve seen at least two serious bugs in Intel CPUs in the last quarter, and it’s almost certain there are more bugs lurking," he wrote. "There was a time when a CPU family might only have one bug per year, with serious …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jan 2018

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