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UPDATED: 16:54, November 18, 2005
Intel denies chip fraud, Chinese dealers suspected
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An Intel spokesperson denied the chip fraud reported by Chinese media November 16 in Beijing, saying the company did not counterfeit chips and regarding the matter done by some Chinese computer makers without authorization from Intel, Sina.com reported.

Prior to this, many Chinese consumers complained about Intel's laptop problems. One consumer called Mr. Huang posted a message on a famous Internet forum on September 11 railing at his laptop which reads: "Doubts about XX XX9040 laptop CPU". Later on, many more Intel laptop users also posted messages on the forum for similar problems.

A survey conducted by technicians found that many Intel users grumbled out their laptops after they bought during March or April this year, some have filed a lawsuit against Intel for its fake chips.

Technicians from domestic IT websites warn that remarked CPUs may work unstably, malfunction and probably lack any overclocking potential, a capability that is valued by computer enthusiasts.

In response to the reports that uFCPGA chip has been remarked as uFCPGA by Intel, Howard High, the Intel spokesperson, said in Beijing with surprise that the reports are groundless.

News has been spread since 2 weeks ago by Chinese media that the remarked chip has been packaged & shipped with exactly the same packaging as the genuine processor, complete with OEM sticker logo.

An Intel manager suspected that some Chinese computer dealers, in order to make big profit, reinstalled Intel's chips.

Howard High warned that quality of the remarked chips without Intel's authorization could not be guaranteed. He said that apparently some Chinese computer makers ignore Intel's authorization.

Intel is investigating the case and will force Chinese dealers to remodify those fake chips.

Howard recommends consumers and businesses buy products only from authorized distributors and vendors to make sure that they are purchasing the highest quality product and warned that purchasing products from non-authorized sources carries with it a degree of risk that the products may have been subjected to tampering and remarking or are without warranty.

In the meanwhile, Intel also provides consumers with a website for examining their products or downloading software to ensure the genuineness of the product.

Purchasers are encouraged to contact their regional AMD sales office if there is any question regarding the authenticity of a product or the reliability of the source.

However, it is still hard for ordinary consumers to identity the difference between genuine and fake chips.

Howard advised users worried about buying systems based on a remarked chip to purchase computers only from reputable dealers, such as members of Intel's Genuine Intel Dealer (GID) program. GID members are easily identifiable by certificates issued by Intel.

But why those counterfeit chips were found in Chinese market, a laptop insider answered that some computer makers, in order to seek more profit, repackage old ones into new ones.

Even if Intel did not remark chips, we could not guarantee some domestic computer dealers did not tamper, said a Chinese laptop insider in charge of computer purchase for government departments.

The man who declined to give name said that many domestic computer distributors or businesses sell those already discarded computers in foreign countries to government departments, where no one would really care whether those computers have problems, purchasing such kinds of products is not new information anymore, but it is the first time for him to hear that fake processors are found on market.

The man told reporter that remarked CPU is common in recent years, some computer dealers manage to buy fake CPU by a large number, then resell them in higher prices after repackaging.

Some illegal dealers buy damaged laptop main board just by 100 yuan, then sell them by 500 yuan after re-labeling it, but the modified CPU will partially affect computer function, fake chips could be bought in Shenzhen market, some illegal dealers are capable of installing laptop chips, but they need a large number of discarded chips, said the man.

Fierce price competition is one reason why those fraud CPUs were sold on market this year as some computer makers want to cut cost.

Although some illegal dealers are able to tamper with old or bad computers and make new ones out of them, it is not easy for them to produce new computers on a large scale due to lack of technology, an expert from the IT industry said.

Experts worry that although Intel may prove to be innocent, but consumers still have to face fake chips if domestic computer dealers continue to make fake chips.

By People's Daily Online


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