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Intel\'s Core Duo has 34 errata

updated 01:35 pm EST, Mon January 23, 2006

Core Duo errors

Just days after the release of Intel's new Core processors, at least 34 errata have been found in the Intel Core Duo processors. Intel says it has scheduled a fix for only one of the 34 erratas in the new Core Duo chips, which ship with Apple's Intel Macs, according to Geek News. Errors in new systems are not uncommon-- the Pentium 4 has at least 65 known errata with no plans for fixes- but the software usually is able to work around these issues; however, the report notes that the high number of errors reported soon after the initial release is startling: "this high number of immediate errata should leave one a little chilled, I'd say. Releasing a brand new processor with 34 known errors seems almost criminal to me."




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  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Before...

    Before us PPC lovers scream "I TOLD YOU SO" can someone explain EXACT what an errata is, and also how many the G4 & G5 had?

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Normal operating paramate

    ..rs.

    well. The 7447a (in the 15" Aluminum PowerBooks) have 26 errata. so. i guess all engineers are prone to error.

    PDF Link: http://www.freescale.com/files/32bit/doc/errata/MPC7447ACE.pdf

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    parameters

    Even posters!

  1. gambit23

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Erratta are-

    Errata are the parts of the processor that make the Mac boot up faster. Yea. Seriously.

    :)

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    APPL sell sell sell!!!

    I knew it was a secret MicroTel plot to unseat us from our rightful heir to the universe!

  1. dsteinman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    so this is news??

    This is like saying "A dog has four legs..". All chips have errata, and custmarily are well documented and are published on the vendor's web site. Btw, errata can be something as simple as a correction to the datasheet.

    So what's next, a class action lawsuit because "my CPU has errata ?"

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    errata is the plural form

    Errata is the plural form of erratum.

    Read pages 13-26 of the Core Duo and Core Solo specification document.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Intel

    Intel had a nasty bug in their original Pentiums, called the F0 0F bug. Whenever a program sent that string of code, the processor froze hard, requiring a power reboot. Let's hope it's nothing like that.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Errata

    Errata are errors in the chip itself. Program flow, logic, doesn't really matter. Most are usually minor and are dealt with by the compiler. For example, if there's an error with calculations dealing with a certain registry and decimal values, the compiler would just not use that registry for the calculations.

    Generally known errata are not what you're concerned by. Its the unknown that freezes your computer or causes all robots to attack their masters.

    I love this phrase though: "this high number of immediate errata should leave one a little chilled, I'd say. Releasing a brand new processor with 34 known errors seems almost criminal to me."

    Yeah, right. Criminal. The problem comes down to "Is it criminal to have errors and know it, or just have errors and not know it?" I think the thinking of this idiot is "If they know there's 34 errors now, how many total are there going to be?"

    And if someone's complaining about this, they should just turn off their computers, because as we ALL know, every operating system (the OS is what runs on chips that have the errata) also are shipped with hundreds, if not thousands, of known bugs. All software is shipped with known bugs, many of them, some of them major and dramatic. h***, every main version of OS X has shipped with so many bugs its ridiculous, and everyone uses the "at least its not as many as windows" to justify it, which means windows is worse. And Linux is just as bad as them both.

    If you want a perfect system, you're not going to find it in the real world. Go back to the drawing boards, dude.

  1. boombashi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Errata who gives a $%&!@

    My PC has 8,000 errata. It also has built in Auto-Crash.

    Seriously though, the smaller and faster these transisters get inside these chips the more errata will show up. Most likely nothing to be of concern.

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