In an update to its Microcode Update Guidance (via ZDNet), Intel has changed the patch status of several CPU families to "stopped". Intel did release a set of microcode updates initially, but then was forced to recommend users stop installing them as they led to system instability in some cases.
"As the PC gaming industry rapidly grows, Intel has seen increasing demand for incredibly fast laptops that can provide desktop-like performance for an immersive and responsive experience, including the ability to stream and record without compromising gameplay while still enabling portability", said Intel in the press release. The product families include chips from Intel's Core, Celeron, Pentium, and Xeon-branded CPUs.
According to Intel, it won't be patching out Spectre and Meltdown exploits in some of its chips. The new memory is developed to accelerate the system performance besides increasing the responsiveness of SATA-based storage technology without negotiating on storage limit.
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The affected chips were released between 2007 and 2009, and include processors with the code names Bloomfield, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown, Jasper Forest, Penryn, Wolfdale and Yorkfield.
Intel has, however, not yet informed when will the i9 become available, but it seems that the new chip will be featured with the upcoming new laptop models this very year.
Apple and Intel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Intel announced in March that forthcoming 8th Generation Intel Core processors will have built-in mitigations for Spectre variant 2 and Meltdown. Seven families of chip architecture will now not get Spectre patches.
No more Intel inside Mac laptops? In an update to the mitigation guide, the company said it has stopped working on Spectre Variant 2 mitigation for some processor series because fixes are either impractical or the processors are no longer widely supported.
Intel has warned that it nearly certainly won't be able to provide a fix for the second variant of the Spectre flaw for all but the latest of its desktop, laptop and server CPUs.
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