Intel has resumed shipments of the Intel 6 Series "Cougar Point" chipsets, revealed last month to have a design error that could impact SATA 3Gbps connections. According to Intel, manufacturers have requested that supplies resume for use in system configurations unaffected by the issue.
Everybody else will have to wait until midway through this month, when Intel begins shipping the new version of the 6 Series chipset. MSI, Acer, Toshiba, Samsung and others have all announced recalls or refund programs for users with PCs affected.
Intel Provides Update on Support Chip Design Issue
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 7, 2011 – On January 31, 2011, Intel disclosed a design issue with a support chip, the Intel® 6 Series Chipset that has the potential to impact certain PC system configurations. Intel subsequently initiated extensive discussions with computer makers about this topic. Both Intel and its customers are focused on delivering the highest quality PC systems based on Intel® 2nd Generation Core® Processors. 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.
Only computer makers who have committed to shipping the Intel® 6 Series Chipset in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue will be receiving these shipments.
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.
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.
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