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Researchers Find a Way to Disable Much-Hated Intel ME Component Courtesy of the NSA

posted onAugust 29, 2017
by l33tdawg

Researchers from Positive Technologies — a provider of enterprise security solutions — have found a way to disable the Intel Management Engine (ME), a much-hated component of Intel CPUs.

Intel ME is a separate processor embedded with Intel CPUs that runs its own operating system complete with processes, threads, memory manager, hardware bus driver, file system, and many other components.

Intel discontinues Arduino 101 development board and Curie module

posted onJuly 28, 2017
by l33tdawg

Intel has revealed a significant scaling back in its hardware offerings.

The company has announced it will stop making its Arduino 101 board as well as the Curie module, both of which offered low-cost computing solutions.

Anyone looking to get their hands on the Arduino 101 has until September 17 to order one, with Intel confirming it will fulfill orders through to December 17 this year. As for Curie, it will be available until January 17, next year, with fulfillments continuing until July 17, 2018.

Intel shuts down group working on wearables and fitness trackers

posted onJuly 21, 2017
by l33tdawg

Intel was once moving full-steam ahead into wearables, but that effort has apparently come to an end. Reports at the end of last year claimed the company was looking to step back from wearables, but Intel denied those rumors. Now a report from CNBC cites a source that claims Intel completely shut down its wearables division about two weeks ago.

Intel Core i9-7900X review: The fastest chip in the world, but too darn expensive

posted onJuly 5, 2017
by l33tdawg

Intel's latest 10-core, high-end desktop (HEDT) chip—the Core i9-7900X—costs £900/$1000. That's £500/$500 less than its predecessor, the i7-6950X. In previous years, such cost-cutting would have been regarded as generous. You might, at a stretch, even call it good value. But that was at a time when Intel's monopoly on the CPU market was as its strongest, before a resurgent AMD lay waste to the idea that a chip with more than four cores be reserved for those with the fattest wallets.

Skylake, Kaby Lake chips have a crash bug with hyperthreading enabled

posted onJune 27, 2017
by l33tdawg

Under certain conditions, systems with Skylake or Kaby Lake processors can crash due to a bug that occurs when hyperthreading is enabled. Intel has fixed the bug in a microcode update, but until and unless you install the update, the recommendation is that hyperthreading be disabled in the system firmware.

All Skylake and Kaby Lake processors appear to be affected, with one exception. While the brand-new Skylake-X chips still contain the flaw, their Kaby Lake X counterparts are listed by Intel as being fixed and unaffected.

Hack Brief: Intel Fixes a Critical Bug That Lingered for 7 Dang Years

posted onMay 3, 2017
by l33tdawg

Since Intel makes the processors that run, well, most computers, any Intel chip vulnerability—especially one that’s been around for nearly a decade—rings alarms. In the wake of Intel disclosing a longstanding flaw in the remote system management features of some popular Intel chipsets, manufacturers are scrambling to release patches.

It’s not an unmitigated disaster, and it affects enterprises more than consumers. But make no mistake, it’s going to take a major effort to fix.

Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected

posted onApril 21, 2017
by l33tdawg

Over the past six weeks, AMD’s Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs have been making Intel’s life a bit difficult. Chipzilla’s standard desktop lineup has been rattled by AMD’s new chips, which offer higher core counts and better performance in many workloads for significantly less money. Intel, of course, was never going to take this lying down — and new rumors suggest the company will accelerate the launch of its Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs, pulling them forward to a June Computex unveiling as opposed to the original August timeline.

Intel is keeping Moore’s Law alive by making bigger improvements less often

posted onMarch 30, 2017
by l33tdawg

Intel took half a day this week to talk about processor manufacturing technology. The company still believes in Moore's Law and says the principle will continue to guide and shape the microchip industry. But the way the law works is changing. The company also wants to change how people talk about manufacturing processes, because current terminology—wherein the node size is used to characterize a particular process—no longer serves as a good guide to how many transistors can be packed into a chip.

Intel touts bug bounties to hardware hackers

posted onMarch 17, 2017
by l33tdawg

Intel has launched its first bug bounty program, offering rewards of up to $30,000.

The chip maker has partnered with specialist bug bounty outfit HackerOne to create a scheme that aims to encourage hackers to hunt for flaws in Intel's hardware, firmware and software. Intel will pay up to $30,000 for critical hardware vulnerabilities (less for firmware or software holes). The more severe the impact of the vulnerability and the harder it is to mitigate, the bigger the payout.