Intel to Release Meltdown and Spectre-Proof CPUs in Late 2018, Share Value Hits 18-Year High

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 2:13 PM

Intel has announced it will be releasing its first Meltdown and Spectre-proof CPUs later this year, presumably with the sound of Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ bassline thrumming in its ears. Security will be the big priority for Intel’s next generation of processors, with CEO Brian Krzanich admitting software patches aren’t going to be enough to ensure total Meltdown and Spectre protection.

It currently faces multiple class action lawsuits and “adverse publicity” which it admits could “adversely impact our results of operations, customer relationships, and reputation.” Despite the security flaws, Intel remains understandably bullish about its prospects.

“We’re working to incorporate silicon-based changes to future products that will directly address the Spectre and meltdown threats in hardware,” said Krzanich during an investors earnings call. “And those products will begin appearing later this year.”

After the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaw controversy saw the spotlight turned on Intel, Team Blue may actually end up smelling of roses from this one, at least from a financial point of view. While the security flaw is unfortunate, Intel is clearly looking to use this as a springboard to shift security-focused processors throughout 2018. Far from Meltdown being a disaster, it might actually end up boosting Intel’s sales.

It all means that things are looking up for Intel right now. The FY2017 Q4 financial results were also revealed as part of the earnings call, with stronger than expected growth and record Q4 revenue of $17.1 billion causing Intel’s share value to rally to its highest price in nearly 20 years. Meltdown? What Meltdown?

“2017 was a record year for Intel with record fourth-quarter results driven by strong growth of our data-centric businesses,” said Krzanich. “The strategic investments we've made in areas like memory, programmable solutions, communications and autonomous driving are starting to pay off and expand Intel's growth opportunity.”

The big question now is will Meltdown and Spectre have an impact going forward. The Q4 results don’t take into account any of the security controversies, so the actual impact of sales won’t be known until the next quarter’s results. I suspect Intel will have taken a tiny hit this past month but that’s about all. Factor in the potential for selling even more Spectre-proof processors later in the year and you can see Intel coming out on top in this scenario.

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10:02 Jan-30-2018

So looks like it that I will still not upgrade my PC for at least a year and a half XD

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07:20 Jan-30-2018

If everyone has to buy new Meltdown and Spectre-proof CPUs and miners stop mining due to the bitcoin crash. The supply for used CPUs and GPUs is going to be gigantic. Therefore, the cost of building a used gaming PC should reach new lows.

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04:29 Jan-30-2018

They just proof who made Meltdown & Spectre!!!

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00:33 Jan-30-2018

Well now how can i download more spectre CPU proof? xD

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22:28 Jan-29-2018

It seems Intel is just trying to get everyone to buy their latest CPUs.

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01:23 Jan-30-2018

yeah this is what i think too, i was planning to just get the i7 8700k but not 100% sure yet as new mb and ram is also needed

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20:06 Jan-29-2018

Want to learn how to scam people with ease ?! Download "Intel's guide on how to scam people" now and you might win an i5 CPU for only 6,66$ :D


... damn materialistic psychopaths >_>

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19:28 Jan-29-2018

but i heard that Intel will not release any cpus in 2018

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19:30 Jan-29-2018

i think they are forced due to viruses

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10:29 Jan-30-2018

Meltdown and Spectre aren't viruses. They are just unexpected loopholes that can be exploited by external sources.

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17:08 Jan-29-2018

Since they're admitting that they can't entirely fix Meltdown and Spectre with software patches.... I feel they owe anyone who bought a 7th or 8th gen CPU an upgrade to one of the new bug proof CPUs and Mobos.... If I'd just shelled out a bunch of money on an I7 8700K and a nice mobo, I'd personally be livid right now with seeing them try to sweep this under the rug like this, their lack of concern for the consumer is frankly sickening.

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16:23 Jan-29-2018

AMD to Release Intel-Proof CPUs in Late 2018

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19:33 Jan-29-2018

Nice one!

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19:43 Jan-29-2018

As an intel user I found this funny xD

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15:34 Jan-29-2018

future plan:
1) tell people to buy the new cpu
2) make statistical reports that show tons of people (particularly big players like banks and servers) using the new cpu
3) hackers will think meltdown and spectre is useless
4) free securi

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19:34 Jan-29-2018

5) ???
6) Profit

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23:12 Jan-29-2018

4) free security
5) dont upgrade
6) profit!

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15:28 Jan-29-2018

So no fixes for the old and current CPUs great just great as I bought an i5 just before they released that they fked up... Let's just make a new line of CPUs without meltdown and spectre fk it we'll make even more money, and we'll make them more expensive.

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15:01 Jan-29-2018

interesting, so basically a nasty malware is affecting current intel CPUs, and in response intel has announced that they will release new intel CPUs that are "immune"to the specter malware? So now we have to dish out money otherwise our CPUs will be crap? GREAT plan intel, what better way to drive up sales of your hardware than to sabotage current hardware! taking ques from apple now are we?

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15:00 Jan-29-2018

Oh Intel, you sly dog! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the art of sweeping under the rug at it's best. You can't repair your massive f*k up? No worries! Make something new and shiny to divert attention, and everything is good in the world again!

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15:17 Jan-29-2018

If it's a hardware thing how CAN they fix it?

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16:36 Jan-29-2018

Should that give them a free pass? Since it's a hardware problem, no! Let's not forget, it's a problem caused by them and handled very poorly from some of the things I've read.
This should not be the solution, asking the customers to pay again while gloating about future profits.

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19:48 Jan-29-2018

You seem like the type of person that still picks up a pitchfork for things that happened 20+ years in the past.
Nobody deliberately went on to cripple anyone's computer by designing a crappy chip. They did what they thought was fine, it was found that it apparently wasn't (only took someone 20+ years - super obvious vulnerability, as you know!) and fixed it in the next hardware iteration.
It's like those people moaning that the computer cheated them about their WV car emissions while in reality nobody buys a car for emissions xD
Relax, mate.

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20:20 Jan-29-2018

So its ok if Intel start releasing new CPUs every six monts with better security and just getting peoples money becous they can't fix the old CPUs?

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20:39 Jan-29-2018

Nop, no pitchforks here! I'm not a vindictive person, I don't hold a grudge. Nobody said it was intentional, but it happen. And the follow up hasn't been pretty. Responsibilities must be taken in a situation like this, and the way Intel is handling it...not cool!
And please don't tell me to relax, I'm just expressing my opinion here. Last time I checked it was a site for debating stuff, right?

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14:26 Jan-29-2018

So won’t they able to rectify the affected cpu’s With any patches? I don’t have enough idea on this...previously also there was an article asking “will any body upgrade the cpu because of this issue” why we have to?

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14:46 Jan-29-2018

The patches can mitigate the threat, at the cost of some performance. Changing it on a hardware level will remove the threat entirely.

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16:23 Jan-29-2018

yeah but wouldn't changing it at hardware level might effect the performance anyway so what's the point if the performance of the new cpus be the same!?

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19:49 Jan-29-2018

I wonder if the new CPUs will be comparatively slower due to the way the prediction works in today's CPUs. Probably not, but we'll see.

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