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5 Questions About Intel's Hardware Fix For Spectre And Meltdown

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is pledging silicon-based fixes to address the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, which has raised a number of questions.

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When will the new chips appear?

Krzanich initially said during the quarterly earnings call Thursday that the new products "will begin appearing later this year" -- leaving the timing pretty vague. In an interview with CNBC Friday, Intel CFO Bob Swan got slightly more specific: "We expect to begin rolling out products in the latter part of this year that bakes the [vulnerability] solution into the hardware." Since we're not yet even out of January, that means it could be awhile before Intel's hardware fix is ready for prime time.

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