New York– Intel today announced a recall of its newest and fastest 1.13GHz Pentium III chip, while its primary competitor AMD started shipping its speediest processor the 1.1GHz Athlon.
Intel said the Pentium III chips have a flaw stopping them from running certain programs, including Windows, according to one printed report.
Intel executives downplayed the recall stating that few computers featuring the chip have shipped, although the company would not say how many have been purchased. The bug is expected to be fixed in a couple of months.
AMD will hope to take advantage of Intel’s stumble with its new processor. The 1.1GHz Athlon is now available in PCs from Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Gateway.