Intel acknowledges Xeon flaw

Intel has acknowledged a flaw in its 450NX server chip set. It is expected to delay the release of four-processor Xeon servers until "late summer".

Intel began notifying OEMs of the problem late last week after it suspected a disabling bug in the 450NX chip set, which enables four-way and above multiprocessing.

According to PC Week online, Intel spokeswoman Luanne Darbonne said the problem results from a miscommunication between the chip and the chip set. Darbonne was unable to provide details on the bug's effect on servers, but OEM sources said it causes servers to crash or reboot themselves.