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Infinitely Virtual, a Los Angeles-based cloud computing vendor, is counting on Intel to replace equipment or offer a rebate to make up for the loss in computing power, Chief Executive Adam Stern said in an interview.

Intel's testing was done using Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake CPUs on Windows 10, as well as Skylake machines running Windows 7. Meltdown is limited to just Intel processors. Linux vendors are also rolling out patches for AMD systems too.

Two United States senators, Democrat Jack Reed and Republican John Kennedy, have written to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), asking the financial watchdog to investigate Krzanich.

It's been a long week since we first learned about the now infamous Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities.

Other news announced during Krzanich's keynote include the launch of Intel Studios for advanced, 3D video productions; support for Intel-powered virtual reality broadcasts during the coming Olympic Winter Games; and autonomous driving technology partnerships with BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, SAIC Motor, NavInfo, and Ferrari North America. Because the flaw is in the processor architecture, a permanent solution will require a fix in future chip designs. "We are also engaging closely with the Linux community on development of "return trampoline" (Retpoline) software mitigations".

How can we patch vulnerabilities on AMD? At the same time Intel supplied substantiative quotes from the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google.

Intel has made some claims that the 8th generation platforms called Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake, with an SSD (Solid state drive) are affected ona small level.

Despite this fixes, there seems to be an element of disagreement between Intel and Microsoft over the likely performance impact of the security updates. The performance hit was especially felt on computers and servers running on older Intel processors. Brian Krzanich expects other industry players to follow similar practices: share security-related hardware innovations and help researchers of security vulnerabilities.

Google says their new security patches for the processor vulnerabilities have no negative effects to performance.

Where to go from here?

Meltdown breaks the most fundamental isolation between user applications and the operating system.

He said that regaining customer trust is something everyone in the industry will be striving for, and that continued collaboration will be key to making it happen.

Companies can additionally utilize third-party risk management and information security monitoring services to assess and monitor external exposure to threats and address issues as they are uncovered to minimize cybersecurity risk. Meanwhile it continues to work on updates for its its X299-series, 200-series, 100-series and X99-series motherboards.