Print 49 comment(s) - last by Lerianis.. on Feb 2 at 6:00 PM

Intel is working to fix a design flaw in its Sandy Bridge chipsets relating to SATA performance

Intel has just issues a statement regarding its Series 6 (Cougar Point) chipset and a design flaw that has been uncovered. The company reports the following:

As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel's latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue.

As Intel notes, the actual Sandy Bridge processor is not affected by this design error, and it stopped shipment of chipsets that are hampered by this SATA performance degradation problem. Intel also states that it will begin shipping "fixed" chipsets towards the end of February to its customers.

"The systems with the affected support chips have only been shipping since January 9th and the company believes that relatively few consumers are impacted by this issue," stated Intel in the press release. "The only systems sold to an end customer potentially impacted are Second Generation Core i5 and Core i7 quad core based systems. 

This little gaffe is expected to cost Intel $1B USD ($300M hit to revenue, $700M to repair/replace boards).

Intel made headlines last week when it named Blacked Eye Peas front man as its Director of Creative Innovation.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Intel, you idiot!
By carniver on 1/31/2011 2:54:29 PM , Rating: 3
So much for keeping NVIDIA from making a Sandy Bridge chipset for you, not only are you unable to make one yourself with decent graphics, you can't even make one without a hardware bug. And it that can't even be fixed from BIOS update.

Your south bridge is sandy. And it collapsed.

RE: Intel, you idiot!
By bupkus on 1/31/2011 4:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting point. I wonder if Intel is rethinking their "us only" approach to chip-sets. Would they rather just take the hit on lost sales than allow Nvidia to profit from being their backup.
I recall a time that AMD didn't make their own chip sets and Nvidia came up with nForce1 and nForce2. I loved the nForce2 and if not for that chipset AMD would have been dependent on VIA for their single channel memory and poor video offerings.

Who was it that also made real low end IGPs for VIA based mobos? The name eludes me. Man, stuff is just so much more advanced now. <Feeling old>

RE: Intel, you idiot!
By LordanSS on 1/31/2011 7:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
That's the problem with lack of competition... on chipsets. Might sound stupid, but look at the results:

- Intel's chipsets do not have native support for USB3 (nor does it seem it's gonna happen anytime soon), have to rely on 3rd party chips.

- SATA 6? (Honestly, I don't know)

- Crappy number of available PCIe 2.0 lanes...

- Price? (Intel platforms are outrageously expensive here in Brazil)

Yeah, they make awesome processors, but that's because they have to keep at it, if they fall asleep (like they did in the past), AMD will come nagging and bite their behind. If they had a 3rd party (VIA, nVidia, whoever) to compete with, I bet these pieces would have more/better features than they do now.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

Most Popular ArticlesAre you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Yahoo Hacked - Change Your Passwords and Security Info ASAP!
September 23, 2016, 5:45 AM
A is for Apples
September 23, 2016, 5:32 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki