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Chipset Flaw Halts “Intel Sandy Bridge” Shipments

Intel had launched it’s new processor architecture Sandy Bridge last month at CES ’11. The Sandy Bridge architecture processor has

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an improved on-board graphics module and the chip can attain speeds of upto 3.8GHz all thanks to a new technology called Turbo Boost.

However there seems to have been a glitch as Intel announced that it has found out an anomaly in the 6-series chipset that is to be used in the Sandy Bridge processor family. The flaw is that the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time which might affect the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives.

Intel has ordered a callback on this defective chipset and has stopped any further shipment of the affected chip.

Intel is already working on rectifying the flaw and a rectified version of the support chip will begin shipping from late February, 2011. As a consumer you should be worried only if you have already purchased a PC with a Sandy Bridge processor. The chance of this being very low as Sandy Bridge products started shipping only since January 9, this year.

Read More about Sandy Bridge on Wikipedia, via Comsumer Reports.

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