Intel faces US$1B bill from Sandy Bridge flaw

Sandy Bridge-based computers will suffer from degraded disk interfaces due to faulty silicon from Intel, resulting in lost sales and repairing and replacing systems.

Intel has revealed a major hardware bug with computers using the new Sandy Bridge processor, which will cost the chipmaker US$1 billion, the company said on Monday.

The bug, which Intel said will cost it some US$1 billion in lost sales and repairing and replacing systems in the market, is not in the Sandy Bridge processor itself but in the accompanying Cougar Point chipset. The problem will delay the launch of dual-core consumer systems based on the architecture by "a few weeks", the company said.

"Intel has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip--the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point--and has implemented a silicon fix," the company said in a statement. "In some cases, the Serial-ATA (Sata) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of Sata-linked devices such as hard-disk drives and DVD drives."

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