Intel finds Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw, shipments stopped and recalls beginning

A problem requiring a “silicon fix” is bad news in the chipset business, and sadly that’s what Intel is announcing. Its new Intel 6 Series chipset, Cougar Point, has been found to have a flaw, something to do with the SATA controller. Intel is indicating that the ports can “degrade over time,” leading to poor i/o performance down the road. All shipments have been stopped and a fix has been implemented for new deliveries, but it sounds like recalls will be starting soon for those with this ticking time bomb silicon within. It isn’t a critical problem right now, though, so if you own a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 system keep computing with confidence while looking for a recall notice, but it is bad news for Intel’s bottom line: the company is advising a $300 million hit to revenue.

Family Processor Number Code Name
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2655LE Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2610UE Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processor i5-2540M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processor i5-2520M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2620M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processor i3-2100 Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processor i3-2100T Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processor i3-2120 Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2390T Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processor i5-2510E Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2629M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2649M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2657M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2617M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processor i5-2537M Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processor i5-2515E Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2720QM Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2300 Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2400 Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2400S Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2500 Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2500S Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor i5-2500T Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processor i7-2600 Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processor i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processor i7-2600S Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2820QM Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor Extreme Edition i7-2920XM Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2635QM Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2710QE Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor i7-2715QE Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Mobile Processor i3-2310E Sandy Bridge

Source: engadget

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