Intel Cougar Point has failed
January 31, 2011 1:43 PM Subscribe
As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation 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.
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Intel has identified the Northbridge chipset to the new Sandy Bridge processors to have an issue
that will likely require the recall of all existing motherboards.
Price tag for the recall is currently estimated to be $700 million.
The Sandy Bridge processors are the second generation of Core i-Series processors released by Intel. All of the current generation runs on the P67 chipset, codenamed Cougar Point. The new series was released officially on January 9, 2011. The specific issue is that the SATA 3Gbps ports that typically run hard disk drives and CD/DVD drives may degrade with age and eventually fail. It may take until April for Sandy Bridge to return to the market.
This isn't the first time Intel has had quality control questions. The most recent involved reports of P55-based motherboards having the sockets burn out
. There is talk already
that the cost
may greatly exceed that of the Pentium processor FDIV bug
for which Intel took a write-down of $475 million in 1995.
Lastly, in a testament to Intel's size, the market seemed to not care much. The stock price closed at $21.46, down under 1% on the day. "This is a minor negative and not as big an issue as it seems," said Miller Tabak analyst Brendan Furlong.