AMD plans silicon fix for Spectre vulnerability


Comeback kid AMD announced on its quarterly earnings call that it intends to have a silicon fix for the variant 2 of the Spectre exploit, the only one of the Meltdown and Spectre exploits it’s vulnerable to, by 2019 with its new Zen 2 core.

The company also said it will ramp up GPU card production to meet the insane demand these days thanks to cryptominers, although it said the biggest challenge will be to find enough memory to make the cards.

It’s hard to believe that in 2018 we are seeing such shortages in computing hardware, but there you have it.

It was an upbeat earnings call for AMD for once. Fourth quarter revenues came in at $1.48 billion and non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.08 per share, beating estimates for $1.41 billion and $0.05, respectively. Revenue grew 33 percent over the prior-year period, and in that same period the company saw a penny per share loss. So, the new Zen core is bringing some bliss to AMD’s finance department.

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