"Someone at Intel's notoriously-leaky Qiryat-Gat plant (Fab 18) in Israel has been blabbing to Israeli paper Haaretz about teething troubles with the upcoming Pentium 4 chip.
Haaretz reports that there are only two steppers in the world capable of handling one critical part of the P4 manufacturing process. Both of them are at Qiryat-Gat and one of them doesn't work properly.
The paper claims that P4 was meant to be built using new machines which weren't delivered on time and the old steppers aren't really up to the task with yields of 70 per cent on the P4 compared with 80 per cent for Pentium III parts."
FULL STORY @ THEREGISTER (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/1/13739.html)