Intel halts production/shipment of 6-series chipsets with SATA flaw found -- full motherboard replacement required on desktop and notebook platforms - a costly error indeed.
Intel halts production/shipment of 6-series chipsets with SATA flaw found
-- full motherboard replacement required on desktop and notebook platforms -- a costly error indeed.
Happy Monday everyone; except those of you that might work at Intel. It looks like Intel has found (and is readily admitting to) a pretty substantial flaw in the current shipping Intel 6-series chipsets used by the Sandy Bridge processors that were released earlier this month. What could be so series that Intel is taking the time to publicly out itself and plan for a $700M budget hit for recall / replacement?
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 error and source of degradation is in the silicon itself - not a driver or software or firmware error at all. In some cases Intel has seen silicon degradation in the section of the 6-series chipsets where SATA communication occurs. Apparently the error in the was "obvious" to Intel engineers once they found the problem and the "circuit design oversight" can be corrected with a very simple, late in the production process, metal layer change to return it to a fully robust technology. Intel is apparently very confident in the solution and that they understand the issue affecting the 6-series products.
Intel is telling us they have completely stopped shipping the affected chipset and already begun production of the revised and fixed version of the 6-series chipsets. But shipping of those chipsets won't start until late February and full "inventory replacement" won't happen until sometime in April. Intel has committed to working with partners to help facilitate the recall of affected products once production is in full swing, but this isn't something easy to do. You can't just replace a hard drive or memory module here - full motherboard replacement is going to be required on desktop and notebook platforms - a costly error indeed. The company has declared a $700M write off estimate for this cause.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Private Attorney General, 18 U.S.C. 1964
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