5/12/2000: Intel withdraws almost 1 million basic badges with chipset 820
Truly, Intel is spending the whole Annus horribilis... And practically all his problems center on the chipset 820, "chipset damned" of Intel. In this case, the problem seems to be in the MTH (Memory Translator Hub) that incorporate some badges 820.
The MTH allows to the chipset 820 to use memory SDRAM (PC100), since if not only it might work with the scarce and most expensive memory Rambus (RDRAM). There was already known the fact of the (relatively low yield of the chipset 820 on having used memory SDRAM, due to this process of "translation", but the current problem seems to be more serious: the signs have too much electronic noise, what might provoke hangs or rebeginnings of the system...
The problem does not affect to the badges that use memory Rambus, although similar problems provoked months ago that his capacity saw limited, officially, to only two memory grooves. Really, the Intel bet for the memory Rambus and for a chipset who does not support another class of memory of native form has demonstrated to be the most serious tactical error, of which his rival has benefited ROUTE up to unsuspected limits; of any form, Intel makes sure that it will change the defective badges (even for badges with RDRAM), an admirable gesture... that undoubtedly both Intel and his clients had preferred to avoid.
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Intel presents his badges with chipset 820