Intel Statement One Solution is on its Way

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Updated, 07/10/2019 2:45 pm PT: Intel has provided us with the following statement, indicating One solution is on its way:

“The reliability of our products is a priority for Intel. Under a complex set of micro architectural conditions, end users may experience application failures in systems based on Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors (codename Gemini Lake). Intel has released a microcode update to our customers and partners that mitigates this problem, and is working with them to make it available to end users. ”

Original article, 10/07 / 2019 8:50 am PT:

Phoronix reported that Google and Mozilla have been experiencing many “impossible” crashes in Intel Gemini Lake based processors. It has been confirmed that these locks occur in Chrome and Firefox when using the 64-bit version, and otherwise the software may also be affected.Google and Mozilla have investigated the problem and devised an alternative solution.

For anyone who does not know, Gemini Lake is the Intel’s Atom-based low-power solution for cheap mobile devices, primarily laptops, it’s not like Intel’s core Core architecture (currently represented by Sky Lake, Coffee Lake, Cascade Lake and Ice Lake), so the errors present in the handful of existing Gemini Lake-based processors should not be present in the other Intel offers, such as the Xeon and Core families.

Google began its investigation in May and in September had issued an alternative solution based on forcing the processor to read the instructions without “crossing selected limits of 16 bytes”. Mozilla, the father of the Firefox browser, also investigated and discovered that the problem was introduced by a microcode update, which means that there is probably no inherent hardware problem causing the problem.

The easiest solution to the problem is to switch to 32-bit programs, but now that the 32-bit version is being phased out, you may have trouble finding 32-bit versions of some software. Fortunately, since this is just a microcode problem, Intel could fix it without issuing a hardware revision.

We contacted Intel to comment on the matter and will update it as necessary.

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