Intel bugged by memory problems

Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas

Intel's latest chipsets have been plagued with another bug related to memory chips. This will affect some server configurations and lead to delays in three Intel motherboards.

Intel said its 820 and 840 chipsets could show memory errors from combined use of the memory repeater hub and error correction coding.

The bug is in the translation from RDRam support to SDRam, part of Intel's retooling, which allows system makers to use a variety of different memory chips rather than Rambus memory.

The company said the bugs would affect few users and that it has begun to inform its customers. Intel said the bugs would not affect systems that use Rambus memory but may affect low-end workstations and servers where cheaper SDRam is used.

The 820 had problems when first released in September with a bug that showed memory errors when used with Rambus memory in three slot PC systems.

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