Intel stops shipments of new processor

Shipments of Intel Corp.’s new 3GHz Pentium 4 processor have been halted Monday due to the discovery of an “anomaly,” according to an Intel spokesperson.

The new chip, which was announced Monday, was placed on what Intel called “ship hold” because the company detected a problem in “a very small number of the 3GHz chips,” said George Alfs, an Intel spokesperson. The new 875P chipset, with support for a 800MHz front-side bus, is unaffected by the anomaly, he said.

Alfs declined to be more specific about the nature of the problem.

Intel is working with its customers on fixing the problem, he said. Units have already been shipped out to PC and workstation manufacturers, and the cessation of shipments likely will affect the availability of several new systems announced Monday featuring the chip, he said.