Intel To Release Spectre and Meltdown-Proof Hardware Later This Year
The Spectre and Meltdown exploits have turned into a PR disaster for Intel and the company has spent much of the new year putting out the fires. However, an end may be in sight as Intel’s CEO has said that 2018 will see the release of processors which do not have the aforementioned vulnerabilities.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich made the announcement during the company’s recent call with investors where the topic of Spectre and Meltdown were brought up. Krzanich promised that the company was still working 24/7 to release patches for the affected hardware. However, he noted that software fixes weren’t the ideal solution to the problem.
During the call, he promised that the company was working on new processors that would not be affected by Spectre or Meltdown. Krzanich did not offer a timetable for the release of this new hardware aside from saying they would be released sometime later this year.
Regardless of the timetable, the news likely comes as a relief to many of Intel’s customers and investors. The company has faced a lot of criticism over its handling of Spectre and Meltdown. While it has released some software patches to fix the issue, those patches have not been perfect. In fact, last week, Intel even warned certain users against installing the updates because they could cause compatibility issues.
Beyond the issues with the patches, some have spoken out against the company’s initial reveal of the problem claiming that it tried to hide Spectre and Meltdown from the public. The company’s embargo surrounding the bug was especially controversial.
Despite these issues, Intel’s profits saw strong growth this quarter. That being said, it is possible that the company’s next quarterly finical report won’t be so hot as it may take time for these issues to affect the company’s bottom line.
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