Intel Sandy Bridge Chipset Flaw Confirmed

February 1, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It appears that the much hailed new processor from Intel, the Sandy Bridge, has encountered a serious kind of problem. The manufacturer has confirmed a problematic bug in the Cougar Point chipset. This in turn has resulted in the delay of the shipment of desktop PCs that use the Sandy Bridge processors.

The series 6 i5 and i7 chips are affected by the Sandy Bridge flaw. According to available info, the flaw leads to the gradual degradation of the performance of the SATA ports over time. This eventually affects the speed of the hard drives and optical drives.

Furthermore, this cannot be checked with the help of a software update. The entire lot of the hardware requires to be adjusted at the factory to overcome the problem.

And it appears that the flaw cannot be discovered during normal testing. It will become noticeable only after two to four years.

The company has made it clear that they have made the move of announcing the problem to avoid the recall of the chipsets in future.

Moreover, since only quad core i5 and i7 chips are affected by the flaw, the manufacturer least expects the problem to affect their annual revenue. Intel has assured that the updated version of the chips will be launched in late February.

As you might know, the brand new processor made its public debut at the CES 2011, and almost 80 percent of the PCs across the world run Intel’s processors. Hence the problem occurred is quite unfortunate.

The manufacturer has to cut its first quarter revenue forecast by $300 million. The total cost expected to be incurred to repair and replace the chips may account for about $700 million.

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