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After about one week of halted shipments, partners of Intel Corp. intend to resume shipments of personal computers based on Intel Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" microprocessors which designs are not impacted by chipset flaw. Intel will also resume shipments of its chipsets to those makers, who can guarantee the lack of core-logic-related issues.

Last week Intel revealed that Serial ATA-300 controllers of its 6-series chipsets contain an erratum, which may eventually lead to performance degradation of storage equipment. Since modern chipsets support many Serial ATA ports and SATA-600 controllers of the 6-series chipsets are not impacted, it should be possible to use those core-logic sets inside notebooks since such systems contain just one or two Serial ATA-based devices. Moreover, desktop system makers may also disable faulty SATA-300 ports and install an add-on Serial ATA card to provide necessary amount of storage ports. As a result, end-users' experience with PCs will not be compromised provided that computer manufacturers take care of this.

"Intel subsequently initiated extensive discussions with computer makers about this topic. [...]As a result of these discussions and specific requests from computer makers, Intel is resuming shipments of the Intel 6-series chipset for use only in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue," Intel said in a statement.

In parallel, Intel has started manufacturing on a new version of this support chip. Intel now expects to begin shipping the new parts in mid February.

This resumption of shipments of the Intel 6-series chipset is not changing the company’s updated first quarter 2011 and full-year financial outlook published on January 31st, 2011.

Tags: Intel, Cougar Point, Failures, Core

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There is another article about these Intel chipsets that indicates that it may really be April before shipment of the revised chips and hence the revised motherboards get back into the supply channels. In reading this carefully, it looks like some motherboard manufacturers will ship board with the old 6-series chips installed, but with workarounds. Am I reading this right?
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