Intel has discovered a design issue in the recently released Intel 6 Series chipset, codenamed Cougar Point, which ships with the 2nd generation Intel 'Sandy Bridge' processors. The SATA ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, affecting functionality and performance of storage devices connected to them. The company has since implemented a silicon fix.
Intel has discovered a ciruit design issue in the recently released Intel 6 Series chipset, codenamed Cougar Point. The chipset is used in PCs with Intel’s latest 2nd generation ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors. The problem lies with SATA ports within the chipsets, which may degrade over time, affecting functionality and performance of storage devices connected to them.
According to Intel, the compay has stopped shipment of the affected chipsets from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version which will resolve the issue. The ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors and other products are not affected.
The updated chipset is expected to be delivered to customers by late February, and full volume recovery in April. Intel will work work with its OEM partners to accept the return of affected chipsets and also plans to support modifications or replacements needed on motherboards and systems.
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.