New hardware required to fix Haswell USB 3.0 connection bug

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A few weeks ago we learned that Intel’s upcoming Haswell platform was plagued with an annoying USB 3.0 bug. The chip maker didn’t immediately fess up to the issue but we’ve since heard that it is indeed a real cause for concern – so much so that it will require a new chipset revision to fix, according to Fudzilla.

If you recall, the bug rears its head when a Haswell system is woken up from an S3 (suspend to RAM) sleep state while a USB 3.0 device is attached. The attached device will disconnect itself, forcing the user to reconnect in order to access the data once again. It’s not a major issue as data isn’t compromised but if you wanted to pick up working where you left off on data from a USB drive, it’ll quickly become an annoyance if nothing else.

Motherboard partners are reportedly continuing ahead as planned with production on word from Intel that Haswell desktop components will be ready in June, probably launching at Computex 2013. Instead of delaying the platform’s launch, Intel will simply address it in a future chipset revision which means the first batch of motherboards will likely carry the bug.

Back in 2011, early models of Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform were found to have a faulty SATA 3Gb/s controller that would cause gradual degradation and eventual failure over a long period of time. Intel was forced to issue a general recall as part of a move that is believed to have cost the company upwards of $1 billion.

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