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HPE joins Cisco, Juniper with faulty clock technology problem

Michael Cooney | Feb. 20, 2017
HPE did not identify its affected products nor offer any details as to what customers can do with them if the problem occurs

The IDG News Service recently wrote of the Atom’s troubles, reporting in January that Intel added an erratum to the Atom C2000 documentation stating systems with the chip "may experience [an] inability to boot or may cease operation."

The chip is the last among Intel's line of short-lived low-power Atom chips for servers. It was used in microservers but also networking equipment from companies like Cisco, which has issued an advisory about a product defect related to a component degrading clock signals over time. A clock signal degrade hurts the ability of the chip to carry out tasks. Intel is trying to fix the issue but declined to comment on when it'll deliver an update, the IDG story stated.

"There's a board level workaround that we are sharing with customers now," an Intel spokesman said in an email to the IDG News Service "Additionally, we are implementing and validating a minor silicon fix in a new product [update]."


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