SGI recalls systems with faulty CPU

Echoing Intel's Pentium maths flaw fiasco of 1994, Silicon Graphics (SGI) has been forced into a $10m recall of systems housing a faulty CPU.

SGI's systems that shipped between March and July with NEC's R10000 microprocessors will be recalled, totalling about 10,000 units. The chips, which cause systems to shut down unexpectedly, were damaged during manfacturing.

The US manufacturer could have lived without this new setback as it is already being targeted by PC makers combining Pentium Pro with Windows and NT, and by the threat of new graphics standards such as Intel's Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) and Microsoft's Direct3D API to its core graphics workstation niche.

SGI can be contacted by telephone on 01734-306222.

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