Der er fundet en fejl i Intels Cougar Point chipset til Sandy Bridge processorene. Fejlen betyder at SATA ydelsen bliver reduceret betydeligt.
Fejlen skulle ramme chipsettets 3Gbps SATA porte, men er ifølge Intel allerede blevet fundet og løst. Det betyder at laverancen af alle gamle chipset er stoppet, og at bundkort producenterne nu skal vente på leverancer af nye opdaterede chip. Fejlen betyder at der går et par måneder før alt er på plads igen.
Intel anbefaler alle der har købt et Sandy Bridge bundkort kontakter butikken eller leverandøren af bundkortet. Intel forventer at fejlen kommer til at koste op mod 700 millioner USD.
As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel® 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. 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 hard disk drives 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. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue.
The company expects to begin delivering the updated version of the chipset to customers in late February and expects full volume recovery in April. Intel stands behind its products and is committed to product quality. For computer makers and other Intel customers that have bought potentially affected chipsets or systems, Intel will work with its OEM partners to accept the return of the affected chipsets, and plans to support modifications or replacements needed on motherboards or systems. 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. The only systems sold to an end customer potentially impacted are Second Generation Core i5 and Core i7 quad core based systems. Intel believes that consumers can continue to use their systems with confidence, while working with their computer manufacturer for a permanent solution. For further information consumers should contact Intel at www.intel.com on the support page or contact their OEM manufacturer.
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