INTEL HAS ADMITTED that its latest 6th-generation Core Skylake processors are suffering from a bug that can cause computer systems to freeze.
The bug, which doesn't yet have a name, was uncovered by German computing community Hardwareluxx.de, and is said to occur in Windows and Linux when the system needs to perform complex workloads.
Intel admitted that the problem occurs when a computer is using GIMPS' Prime95, an application used to test benchmark systems and discover Mersenne prime numbers with at least 100,000,000 decimal digits.
"Intel has identified an issue that potentially affects the 6th-generation Intel Core family of products," the company said in a statement. "This issue only occurs under certain complex workload conditions, like those that may be encountered when running applications like Prime95. In those cases, the processor may hang or cause unpredictable system behaviour."
But the big worry is that the bug might not just affect Prime95, and that other industries that rely on complex computational workloads, such as scientific and financial institutions, could also be hit. GIMPS confirmed that its software works perfectly well on any other Intel processors.
Nevertheless, Intel has already developed a fix for the problem and is apparently working with hardware partners to distribute it via a BIOS update. Even so, it is likely to be a bit of a headache for the firm, as its client computing group posted Q3 2015 revenue of $8.5bn, down seven percent year over year.