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Intel fixes Sandy Bridge chipset issue

Intel and OEMs work out temporary solution

Just recently the notebook industry was shaken up by the sudden news that Intel’s Sandy Bridge chipsets had some serious issues that affects the SATA ports on it. This news not only put all plans of all upcoming notebook launches on hold but also raised concerns over the second generation of the Intel Core chips itself.

As a result of this incident, supplies of the motherboards were suspended and notebook manufacturers delayed their much talked-about Sandy Bridge notebooks until spring. But now, some relief come to Intel and the manufacturers alike as they have together found out a solution that lets them to use the bug-affected motherboards without end-users having to face any hassles. This implies that the Sandy Bridge notebooks are well on their way and would meet their target launch dates.

Detailing the solution, the bug affects all six SATA ports except the first two, and hence Intel has urged to all the OEMs to refrain from using the affected ports for any purpose. However, speaking on this happening, an Intel spokesman has hinted that it is still uncertain whether all manufacturers will go along with this proposed solution or they will wait for Intel to start shipping corrected motherboards.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-02-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)