• Intel Announces Problems with Next-Gen Chipsets

    Intel announced today that they have discovered a "design error" in its new support chip for their next-gen Intel Core processors, the 'Sandy Bridge' processors. The setback in production will come as very disappointing news for any one who has been holding out to buy a PC or Mac with this next-generation chipset.

    The problem in the new chipset is apparently in the SATA ports. According to the announcement, these ports which are used to connect hard drives and optical drives, can degrade over time. This would be a major issue for users, and Intel has stated that they have a fix in the works:

    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 company expects to begin delivering the updated version of the chipset to customers in late February and expects full volume recovery in April.
    When the story first broke, the problem was believed to only affect chips designed for desktop computers, that would theoretically delay an update to Apple's iMac line, but it has now been clarified that the chipset is used in both desktop and notebook computers, which means there may be a delay in what was thought to be a imminent release of revised MacBook Pros.

    With this setback in production, and with Intel not recovering from this problem fully until April, we may not see any hardware revisions for Apple computers until the issue is sorted out, or at least until the issue is nearly fully resolved. We'll keep you posted on any updates regarding how this affects Apple's product upgrades.

  • Connect With Us

  • Twitter Box

  • Facebook