Intel chipset problem mars Nocona launch

Just days after an internal memo from Intel Corp. CEO Craig Barrett was published calling the company's recent manufacturing problems "not acceptable," a bug has emerged with the chipset developed for Intel's latest Xeon servers, which are scheduled to be launched Monday.

A flaw in the memory controller of Intel's E7520 and E7320 chipsets, which are code-named Lindenhurst and Lindenhurst VS, can cause the system to hang under certain circumstances, when using certain devices that support Intel's next-generation PCI Express I/O bus, said a source close to Intel. The flaw affects certain multi-function devices like some networking cards with multiple ports, the source said. "The chances of it occurring are very rare, and the workaround is don't use PCI Express," said Kevin Krewell, editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report in San Jose, California.

News source: InfoWorld

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