Intel may recall Intel 6-Series chipset due to Sandy Bridge microprocessor design flaw, stops shipment

By on Feb 1, 2011 in Business, Technology Comments

Intel Corporation announced a possible recall for their latest Intel 6-Series chipset (codename: Cougar Point), after a design flaw in the Sandy Bridge microprocessor was discovered.

Intel Sandy Bridge
Photo credit: Intel.com

As announced by Intel on their official website on Monday, a design flaw was discovered in their recently released support chip, the Intel 6-Series chipset and the Intel C200 Series Chipset, in which the company is now working to have it fixed.

The affected chipset, also called Cougar Point, is being used in systems with Sandy Bridge microprocessor, which the company started to ship last January 9.

According to Intel, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, which can affect the performance or functionality of storage devices such as hard drives.

Intel said that the company has stopped shipping the affected product and has corrected the design flaw, by starting to produce a new version that will solve the problem which is being targeted to starting shipping in late February.

Nevertheless, the company clarified that Sandy Bridge microprocessor is not affected as well as other Intel products, in which analysts believe that this is only a minor problem although with a possible loss of $300 million in revenue.

Intel also announced its partnership with their original equipment manufacturer, (OEM), to accept the chipsets which may be returned by the customers, as the company prepares the replacement parts if needed.

Meanwhile, Intel said that the company believes that only a few customers have been affected and that they can still ‘use the system with confidence’.

But if related problem arises, customers are being advised to contact their Intel Field Sales Representative or stores where they bought the product, or to visit their official website at Intel.com.



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