Intel plans on limiting Haswell launch due to USB 3.0 glitch
Intel's Haswell line of CPUs has been highly anticipated for quite a while, but multiple setbacks have taken away some of its allure. This time around, the 4th generation processor isn't playing nice with USB 3.0 devices, and a limited rollout is expected.
Earlier this year, rumors surfaced that Intel had informed their partners of problems with the 8-series chipset found on the inside of the Haswell processors. Apparently when the CPU awakes from the S3 sleep mode, it encounters issues with USB 3.0 devices connected, requiring a restart of the device.
At first, most analysts expected the problem to be remedied with a simple software update, but that doesn't appear to be the case. We're now hearing that Intel will be launching Haswell in small numbers, giving themselves time to completely revise the chipsets. Analysts are also warning of a significant decline in PC growth as a result, with manufacturers having to rely on the Ivy Bridge architecture for a longer period of time.