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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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What products are planned?

Krzanich didn't offer any details -- even generally speaking -- on which processors will be receiving a silicon-based fix to address Spectre and Meltdown. He did say that Intel began shipping its first 10-nanometer chips during the fourth quarter of 2017, and said the company will be scaling up 10-nanometer production throughout the year. With 10-nanometer as the focus for Intel, the Spectre and Meltodwn hardware fixes are likely coming there first. However, Intel isn't abandoning 14-nanometer, with executives saying that new processors are in the works for 14-nanometer as well for this year -- raising the possibility of silicon fixes in that group too.

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