Intel Corp. Monday said it has lifted its hold on shipping the new version of its Pentium 4 that uses an 800MHz processor front side bus and is delivering the chips to customers.
A spokesman said Intel has provided a motherboard BIOS update that will stop a small anomaly that was discovered during final testing.
"The anomaly was found in only a small number of processors under stress testing in a laboratory environment. The end user probably would not see it in everyday use," the spokesman said.
The problem related to a very few processors sending incorrect information to the rest of the system, according to the spokesman.
Intel had introduced the 3GHz 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 last week, but held back shipments after the glitch was uncovered. Intel also unveiled a new i875 chipset, code-named Canterwood, that supports dual-channel DDR400 SDRAM memory for the new processor in the high-performance desktop and workstation segment.
Later this quarter Intel will introduce its Springdale chipset, which will support the 800MHz FSB P4 for the mainstream desktop market, and later will support the next Prescott processor slated to debut in the second half.