Intel Find Flaw In New Chips… Oh Noes!!!

This is going to get expensive. Intel let the world know that there is a problem with their brand new “Sandy Bridge” chipsets and has stopped shipments as a result:

“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.”

That’s not a minor problem. To compare it to a car, it’s like starting out on six cylinders and losing a cylinder every week or two until your car doesn’t move. Not cool. But it’s actually worse than that:

Beside the obvious inconvenience and bad PR, this little slip-up will cost Intel quite a bit of money, too. The firm expects to see a $300-million dent in first-quarter revenue (since full volume production of 6-series chipsets won’t resume until April), not to mention $700 million in total repair and replacement costs.

Ouch. This isn’t good news if you’re an Intel shareholder. Sandy Bridge is the successor to the Nehalem chipsets. It uses less power and is more efficient which means nerds like me should have been running out to upgrade their computers. Now I think I’ll wait a few months until this blows over. So should you.

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