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Intel: Chip performance takes a 6% hit with security updates

12 January 2018

Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich prefaced his annual celebration of the future of technology with a warning.

Intel has said that any hits to performance will only take place when a device takes on specific tasks, and regular use of the computer won't be affected. Mr. Krzanich sold shares and exercised stock options valued at a total of $39 million, netting him almost $25 million, according to regulatory filings made at the time.

However, it was disappointing to see the world's largest chip maker waste an opportunity to provide clarity and reassurances about its plans - both short term and long term - to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

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Still, his most recent sales were much bigger than usual and the timing didn't match his usual trading style, prompting securities lawyers to predict that they might draw regulatory scrutiny.

Securities law firms announced Monday that they were pursuing investigations of a flaw affecting Intel chips as a prelude to class-action litigation against the company. The rule prohibits insiders from setting up such transactions while possessing undisclosed information that might affect the stock price, Mr. O'Connor and other securities experts said.

Krzanich himself has been criticized for offloading $25m of Intel shares before the issue became public knowledge.

As part of Intel's efforts, the company is researching different types of qubits.

During a keynote delivered during the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, Intel disclosed the progress it has made in the driverless vehicle space.

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Krzanich sold 245,743 shares owned by him and 644,135 shares obtained by exercising his options, under a divestiture plan put in place on 30 October a year ago.

During the announcement, Intel unveiled the advancements made in the field of neuromorphic research.

Mr. Silverman and other securities experts said they would expect USA regulators to examine Mr. Krzanich's trade to see if it violated insider-trading regulations, although such cases are hard to win.

Shares of Intel (INTC), which closed Monday at $44.74, losing 4.5% in the week, have been under heavy selling pressure ever since reports of a security vulnerability with its CPU chips. Intel said last week that it didn't expect the issue to have any material impact on its business. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals.

The company didn't respond to inquiries about the timing of Krzanich's divestments, but a spokeswoman said it was unrelated to the security flaws.

The team should also be well-positioned to handle internal communications within Intel as well as external communications with customers, Tibbils said, offering a prompt response to all.

Recent revelations about processor architectures within Intel chips which has the potential to affect nearly all computers and users worldwide, either by making sensitive data vulnerable or massively slowing down processing times, have made headline news globally. On Jan. 8, Apple released the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, Safari 11.0.2 and iOS 11.0.2 updates to address the Spectre vulnerabilities, formally identified as CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715.

Intel: Chip performance takes a 6% hit with security updates