Intel shipping glitch free Sandy Bridge chipsets

Intelclaims to havefixed the chipset design flawaffecting the latest Sandy Bridge Core processors and is shipping to all customers, writes Jenny Williams. The industry behemoth last month admitted it had discovered a design fault in the 6 series chipset, code-named Cougar Point, and recalled the un

Intel claims to have fixed the chipset design flaw affecting the latest Sandy Bridge Core processors and is shipping to all customers, writes Jenny Williams.

The industry behemoth last month admitted it had discovered a design fault in the 6 series chipset, code-named Cougar Point, and recalled the units causing supply chain headaches for PC vendors.

An Intel spokesperson said it had solved the issue and was supplying the fixed chipsets to system manufacturers, OEMs and ODMs.

The company previously "implemented a silicon fix", which meant existing motherboards would not work without physically changing the chipset.

Several manufacturers, including Dell, Acer, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba recalled PCs earlier this month, but ironically IDC claimed the issues could provide a little breathing space to the UK channel which is trying to shift a small mountain of stock following slow Christmas trading.

The flaw affects the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets, which Intel said may degrade over time, potentially affecting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD drives.

Intel was forced to lower its sales forecast by $300m (£187m) for the first quarter of 2011 as the company stopped shipments and began manufacturing the new version.

The spokesman said it is working with partners to ensure computer makers and other Intel customers with affected chipsets or systems receive the necessary replacements for motherboards or systems.

A version of this story originally appeared on ComputerWeekly.com

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