With the software fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities slowing servers down by unacceptable amounts, a hardware fix is clearly what is needed, and Intel’s boss says one is coming this year.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told analysts during the company’s Q4 2017 earnings call earlier this week that “silicon-based” fixes for Spectre and Meltdown would arrive by the end of 2018. Intel has several launches set for this year and he did not specify which.
“We’re working to incorporate silicon-based changed to future products that will directly address the Spectre and Meltdown threats in hardware. And those products will begin appearing later this year,” were his exact words.