Intel finds design flaw in Cougar Point chipsets

Intel finds design flaw in Cougar Point chipsets
Intel announced yesterday that it had discovered a design flaw that affects its Intel 6 Series (code-named Cougar Point) chipsets.

The chip-maker said it has implemented a silicon fix for the problem. 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 HDDs 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.

The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue. The company will start delivering the updated version of the chipset to its customers in late February. 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.

For the first quarter of 2011, Intel expects this issue to reduce revenue by approximately $300 million as the company discontinues production of the current version of the chipset and begins manufacturing the new version, but full-year revenue is not expected to be materially affected by the problem.

Written by: James Delahunty @ 1 Feb 2011 20:08
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  • KillerBug

    HAHAHA...die sandy bridge, die!!! Leave overbearing DRM to the idiotic companies that think their low sales have something to do with piracy.

    2.2.2011 00:47 #1

  • Blessedon

    Anyway, getting back to reality...

    Intel is doing a first-class job of handling the communications about this problem. They will have a new chipset to my MB manufacturer as soon as possible, who will send me an RMA shipping label so that I will suffer no expense. Swapping motherboards is easy for me, and my system is working fine as I have taken the HDs off of the SATA2 ports.
    I have the Newegg notice informing me of the situation and that they will contact me when the replacement board is in.
    Kudos to Newegg, and Intel for the way they are professionally handling this.
    Although, I wish Gigabyte had written me as well to explain how they will be handling the boards.

    3.2.2011 08:20 #2

  • Bozobub

    I guess Intel really DID learn from the faulty Pentium chip rounding-error fiasco. Kudos to Intel for actually learning from their mistakes, unlike most big companies out there... AT&T, you paying any attention?

    3.2.2011 10:11 #3

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