https://safirsoft.com Intel collects legacy hardware for security research
The big picture: Intel has been collecting and cataloging its old hardware at a warehouse in Costa Rica for the past few years, but not for a museum or any other historical purpose. To ensure that customers across generations of devices are protected from newly discovered attacks, Intel needs to test samples of its older hardware. As it turns out, this was kind of a challenge for a while, as the company didn't have an official way to catalog and store old hardware until recently.

The chip maker produces a lot of new and updated devices every year, but most consumers don't upgrade to the newer and better with each subsequent release. This creates traces of old products that are still in use in nature and all are subject to various security vulnerabilities.

Mohsen Vazlian, general manager of product assurance and Intel's security unit, told Wall Street. He reported that some of the machines were so intimidating against Intel's walls that they had to go to eBay to secure the samples used.

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Named a family 2nd generation Intel processors, codenamed Sandy Bridge. Microarchitecture was launched in early 2011 and discontinued in the second half of 2013.

Intel's Long-Term Maintenance Lab opened in the second half of 2019 and hosted about 3,000 pieces of legacy hardware and software dating back to their age. We go back to the past. For nearly a decade at a time, about 25 employees have been on site ready to assemble a machine to respond to an Intel engineer's request and make it available via the cloud for remote testing.

Someone told the magazine about the lab managers. They receive about 1,000 orders to build the system every month, and about 50 pieces of new hardware every week. Next year, Intel plans to double its storage space to accommodate about 6,000 units.

Intel could learn a thing or two from Nintendo. In 2016, the Japanese gaming giant revealed that it has been stocking hardware at its headquarters for decades.

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