Today's launch of Intel's PII Xeon processor has been overshadowed by a bug in the chipset.
Xeon's launch was brought forward earlier this month, but Intel admits that it will now have to extend the validation process of the chipset by two weeks to eliminate the problem.
"An erratum has been found in the multiprocessor configuration of the NX chipset," an Intel spokesman confirmed. "We have identified the problem and are working on a solution."
The spokesman would not specify which multiprocessor configurations manifested problems, but it is believed to affect four-way processing setups.
Carl Howe, director of computing strategies for Forrester Research, said: "Nobody is going to ship a four-way Xeon processor in the near future.
OEMs will be wary of shipping it. It's also likely that two-way servers will have some reliability problems."
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