Intel 'Sandy Bridge' Design Flaw Halts Sales
Intel has admitted that a design flaw in the new line of Core i5 and Core i7 processors, codenamed "Sandy Bridge," has halted shipments of the affected chips. However, that doesn't mean Intel plans on a product recall for customers who already bought the faulty processors.
"The only systems sold to an end customer potentially impacted are Second Generation Core i5 and Core i7 quad core based systems," and Intel representative said in a company statement. The company also said "that consumers can continue to use their systems with confidence, while working with their computer manufacturer for a permanent solution."
In other words, don't expect much help from Intel.
The chip flaw causes problems with the hard drive and DVD drive that affects performance.
Looking on the positive side, Intel caught the problem relatively early on in the product cycle.
"The systems with the affected support chips have only been shipping since Jan. 9 and the company believes that relatively few consumers are impacted by this issue," reads the company response.
Intel is already implementing changes to processor manufacturing that will alleviate the problem. That means future Sandy Bridge-powered devices should be just fine. In the meantime, Intel has already revised revenue forecasts to account for lost sales and retooling costs.
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