Opppss! Agora é que a AMD começa a vender Opterons. ------------------- Reuters UPDATE - Intel says Itanium 2 error can crash servers Monday May 12, 3:38 pm ET (Updates throughout with more background, comment from company and analyst) SAN FRANCISCO, May 12 (Reuters) - Intel Corp. (NasdaqNM:INTC - News) on Monday warned customers of an electrical problem in some of its Itanium 2 server processors that can cause the corporate computers using the chip to crash. The problem only affects some of the processors and under specific conditions involving particular types of data and computing instructions, said Intel spokesman Robert Manetta. The glitch in both the 900 megahertz and 1 gigahertz speed versions of Itanium 2, code-named McKinley, was discovered in stress testing of the chip in a lab, he said. The flaw can cause the computer to behave unpredictably and shut down, Manetta said. Intel will replace the chip for affected customers or they can opt to use software to lower the clock speed on the Itanium 2 chips to 800 megahertz, Manetta said. Customers also will be able to replace any affected chips with the 1.5 gigahertz version of the Itanium 2, code-named Madison, that is due to be released in mid-2003 and was not affected by the problem, Manetta said. He said he could not say how many chips might be affected by the flaw and could not estimate how much it would cost the company to exchange chips for customers although he said the amount would be relatively small. "It is not material," he said. The news is unwanted publicity at a time when Intel faces stepped up competition from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., (NYSE:AMD - News) International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM - News) and Sun Microsystems Inc. (NasdaqNM:SUNW - News) on high-end servers. "In the long run, this glitch will have little impact on the success of Itanium in the market," said Nathan Brookwood, an analyst at Insight 64. The Santa Clara, California-based company halted shipments of its 3 gigahertz Pentium 4 desktop processors temporarily last month after discovering a glitch in a small percentage of the chips. A software patch was released to fix that problem. In afternoon Nasdaq trade, Intel shares were up 42 cents to $20.