Intel resumes chipset shipments for PCs not affected by flaw

By Jos
Feb 8, 2011
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  1. Roughly a week after announcing a design flaw in the "Cougar Point" chipset tied to its Sandy Bridge processor platform, Intel has announced it is resuming shipments of the defective part to manufacturers that plan to use it in systems that won't be affected by the glitch. Those systems could include "closed" notebook configurations using only the unaffected ports 0 & 1 (SATA III 6Gbps) as well as desktop PCs that ship with a PCI Express add-in card.

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  2. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 156

    Finally some good news.
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 619   +118

    It's not really good news though. All that's happened is, they've decided to continue selling a defective chipset. The issue isn't fixed, they're just selling it to those who shouldn't be affected by the defect.
  4. The good news that I assume the first poster was referring to was the faster than first anticipated shipping time for the corrected chipset. Hopefully that moves the board makers a couple of weeks up on their release of mobos with the corrected chipsets.

    Intel has my respect for being up front about the problem and aggressive about resolving it. We all make mistakes, but it is how we handle those mistakes that truly defines the character of a man. Despite the cost to Intel and the inconvenience to customers and manufacturers the correction of the defective chipset has caused, let's not overlook the fact that Intel did the right thing.
  5. How will I be able to tell if I purchased a flawed chip ? part number dated perhaps ?
  6. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 Newcomer, in training Posts: 489

    I'm not sure how the OEMs intend to go around the Cougar Point flaw. I'm thinking probably disabling the affected SATA II ports in the BIOS or maybe using non-upgradable configurations.
  7. Before this flaw surfaced I was considering upgrading to a Sandy Bridge based system, but now I will be avoiding them like the plague. This is a big enough flaw that it should have been caught LONG before any parts got shipped. It's been compared to the Pentium math bug, but that was an obscure problem that only showed up under very remote circumstances. The Sandy Bridge issue is an ever-present problem on the SATA-II bus, a vital bus for most of us system builders and power-users.
    To make matters worse, Intel is shipping KNOWN DEFECTIVE PARTS!!!

    AMD, I'm coming back home!
  8. Hopefully, there is a good way to reference which part is which down the road. There will surely be people trying to take advantage of this issue in sales at a later point in time. It might not be on purpose, but there are going to be problems. I hope they are willing to support the problems they are now creating.
  9. wizardB

    wizardB Newcomer, in training Posts: 50

    How about from reports the defect won't show until after the warranty is up so they really don't care!!


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