Intel gives their Atom C2000 a longer half life

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2017 - 12:40 PM |
Tagged: c2000, atom, Intel, Avoton

Intel have released a new C0 stepping of their Avoton based Atom C2000 series, which have been dying off at an alarming rate thanks to a flaw in the chip's low pin count bus clock outputs.  The chips are found in the Synology DS1815+ series as well as in Cisco routers, Dell servers and a variety of other products; the flaw in the LPC clock bus would cause them to enter a state in which a reboot would be fatal.  Intel has offered a patch for the motherboards of devices using these chips for a while and have now released new versions of these chips which do not suffer from the same problem.  

The Register accumulated a longer list of devices that could be at risk and technical details on the nature of the flaw here.

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"Intel finally has reworked its flawed Atom C2000 chips, which have been failing at a greater-than-expected rate for about a year and a half."

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Source: The Register

May 1, 2017 | 03:28 PM - Posted by elites2012

its small issues like this, that make me not trust intel.

May 2, 2017 | 10:15 PM - Posted by ammacdo

I had to spend 10 hours in the car last weekend driving out to one of our stores to replace a Cisco 4321 router that died due to this problem. We have 70 of these routers out there and Cisco has been telling us for months that they are working on getting us proactive replacements but haven't delivered a single one. Thankfully we had a spare in our lab that we could quickly get installed and TAC was able to replace the failed one NBD. This flaw is awful for all parties involved.

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