March 30, 2011

Lessons Learned: Pentium Flaws Aid Intel In Sandy Bridge Chipset Recall

Meanwhile, Todd Swank, vice president of marketing at system builder Nor-Tech, said he recalls the Pentium FDIV error being a major issue -- but one that's very different from the Sandy Bridge situation.

"[The Pentium FDIV flaw] happened after so many customers had already had systems in hand and were already relying on them," Swank said. "Plus, that was a difficult problem to detect and customers feared that their fundamental data could be flawed and they didn’t even know about it," Swank said. "The recent Sandy Bridge episode was caught so early that very few customers were actually affected. It also involved a very obvious failure should a customer’s SATA drive suddenly stop working, nothing as subtle as the original Pentium flaw."

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