Intel Sandy Bridge Recalls Imminent: Design Flaw The Cause

Following Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPU being released in Asia and having to pay NVIDIA $1.5 billion over a dispute, we are now hearing that there is a design flaw in the new Sandy Bridge processor. This is really bad news for Intel and pretty unusual as you don’t tend to hear about too many CPU recalls.

The problem needs a ‘silicon fix’, within the press release from Intel they say that the Intel 6 Series going by the codename of Cougar Point has implemented the fix. They go on to say that in some cases the SATA ports can degrade over time which will potentially impact various parts of your machine including the hard drive and the DVD-drive. At this time, Intel has stopped the shipment of the affected support chip from its factories for the Sandy Bridge processor. Make sure you read through the Intel press release, it’s right here.

Intel has already started manufacturing the new version of the chip that sorts the problem out, but of course, this will still be causing unrest as the recalls will be imminent. As things stand, if you have the Sandy Bridge processor in your laptop makeup don’t panic straight away. As Engadget’s Tim Steven’s article says in an amusing way, “it’s like a ticking time-bomb” meaning this issue isn’t going to affect you straight away. If you have the Sandy Bridge processor, don’t worry too much for now; just be prepared as the recall will surely be coming to fix the problem.

What do you think of this design flaw from Intel? This spells bad news for them doesn’t it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.