Intel Corp. has admitted that its controversial processor serial number was inadvertently included in some mobile Pentium II processors.
The chip maker claims a customer tipped them to the manufacturing snafu.
According to spokesman, the serial number circuitry was included on the mobile Pentium II as a way to test the manufacturing process for creation of the Pentium III. On most factory lines, the circuit was switched off before it left the factory. However, one line failed to disable the controversial feature.
“We had no intention to turn this on for the Pentium II. The processor serial number is only a Pentium III feature,” the spokesman said.
Intel is working on a BIOS update patch that it says will turn off the serial number.
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