A design flaw--or "erratum" as Intel calls it--has delayed the release of the Intel Pentium II Xeon microprocessor until late this summer; Intel had originally planned on releasing the chip next week. The problem causes four-processor systems to randomly reboot. Ironically, one of the goals of the Xeon was to up the number of processors you could use in a system: Previous Pentium II models were limited to two processors. The problem does not affect other Pentium II or Celeron chips.

This flaw could have wider problems for Intel, however: Because of the flaw, some companies may delay multiprocessor Xeon systems until late 1998 or early 1999