Intel promises silicon-based fixes for Meltdown and Spectre this year

With the software fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities slowing servers down by unacceptable amounts, a hardware fix is clearly what is needed, and Intel’s boss says one is coming this year.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told analysts during the company’s Q4 2017 earnings call earlier this week that “silicon-based” fixes for Spectre and Meltdown would arrive by the end of 2018. Intel has several launches set for this year and he did not specify which.

“We’re working to incorporate silicon-based changed to future products that will directly address the Spectre and Meltdown threats in hardware. And those products will begin appearing later this year,” were his exact words.

Intel has a new generation of desktop and mobile processors, called Coffee Lake, set for release early this year. Other than a high-end enthusiast part called Cascade Lake-X and a low-end Xeon called the Xeon D, which is used in small servers and desktops, there isn’t much that’s known.

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