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May 27, 1987

SERIOUS DELAYS IN LEAD TIMES ON INTEL’S 80386 MICROPROCESSOR

By CBR Staff Writer

There are no hard numbers, but Electronic News reports that lead times on the 80386 microprocessor are stretching out dramatically as Intel strives to catch up with the delay caused by the production halt which followed discovery of that bug in the arithmetic-logic unit: Intel reportedly had to turn away an order from IBM worth many tens of millions of dollars for the part because of the need to do new masks before restarting production, and all the forecasts are that the situation get worse in the third quarter – although Intel hopes to get lead times back under control by the end of September; Compaq says only that it has had no complaints from customers about the bug, which only shows up in protected mode, and only on some chips.

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