The big news of the morning was that Intel has discovered a “design error” in a 65nm support chip for their new Sandy Bridge based systems, affecting the SATA disk-drive I/O controller.
“The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel’s latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories.”
Apparently the problem is not “functional“, and is due to “degradation” of performance that was discovered post-silicon during the company’s “ongoing QA“. In their update conference call, Intel said the root cause was due to “a design oversight“, and could be fixed in one of the “later layers of metal“.
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