Intel recalls Sandy Bridge processor

  TopCat® 21:38 31 Jan 11
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Intel say flaws were found in a support chip, called Cougar Point and are working on a replacement chip, which could be due out late February. An expensive mistake that will cost Intel around $1bn will damage their projected earnings

There will be added costs too to pc makers that have already installed some of the 8 million flawed chips already shipped. TC.

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  ams4127 22:51 31 Jan 11

Just to make it clear, this refers to the the 6x seris Northbridge chips that support the Sandy Bridge processors on the H67/P67 motherboards.

From Intel: 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.

How on earth does a port degrade?

  OTT_B 10:18 01 Feb 11

Processors and similar chips have a remarkable fault tolerance. Parts of the chip can completely die (say, due to excess heat from poor voltage regulation, because of manufacutring defects resulting in current bleed, or impurities in the silicon causing corrosion and non working gates), but the chip will carry on working. It's just the speed will suffer.

I see that ebuyer have stopped selling the Sandy Bridge motherboards now.

Will be interesting to see how long this will take to sort out. I expect it's going to cost some in the PC industry a significant amount of money.

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