Volgens The Register heeft Intel bevestigd dat er een (zo te lezen niet al te ernstige) bug in de Coppermine zit. Oh ooh:
That report said that some Coppermine processors intermittently seize up between power-up and power-down cycles. The problem applies only to some Coppermine processors according to the report.
Now, an Intel representative has confirmed there is a problem with Coppermine processors and said the bug will be fixed in the next stepping (Intel calls chip bugs errata.) In the meantime, it is tightening up its quality control checks.
He said: "An intermittent issue which resulted in failure to start the boot process was reported in lab environments on a very small number of "Coppermine" (0.18-micron) PentiumŪ III processor-based systems. The issue does not result in any data corruption." [break] Verder kwam ik bij JC nog wat handig Coppermine/Athlon/Gateway nieuws tegen: [/break]
"We have heard that yields, even as of a few weeks ago, were running at unacceptably low levels". "management is guiding analysts not to expect upside to consensus this quarter given that capacity is tight". "Last week, as we had predicted, Gateway announced they were going back to Athlon, mostly because they felt short-changed on Celeron parts and because they were not getting enough Coppermines from Intel" -- JC: Did I miss this announcement? "...growing hedge fund speculation that Dell will announce an Athlon SKU as well, mostly to 'tweek' Intel for the rambus fiasco, which Dell believes cost them dearly". "We continue to hear [AMD] will ship at least 1.2 million Athlon units this quarter ... and that its 0.18 micron manufacturing is going very well".