Intel’s flawed chipsets has caused some headaches for its OEM partners in the past weeks as they’ve scrambled to issue recall and customer support announcements as well as delay product launches. But they can now breathe a sigh of relief as Intel just confirmed a new shipment date to be February 14th for the fixed Cougar Point chipsets.
Currently Google’s line of Chromebooks use Intel’s Atom processor. Chrome OS might be lightweight, but the inclusion of an Atom processor led to sluggish performance in places. CNET reports that Google may be looking to use Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors, as well as the upcoming Ivy Bridge chips in future Chromebooks.
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.
MSI is now on the same recall train as Acer, Toshiba, HP, and Samsung in the aftermath of the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw discovery. MSI has just released an official announcement to assure its customers that they are working quickly with their retailers, distributors and other channel partners to take care of the problem. They encourage their customers who wish to return their MSI Intel P67 and H67 motherboards or affected gaming notebooks to contact the original place of purchase for more details. They also offer an alternative for customers to register via their website by April 30, 2011 to ensure eligibility for return/replacement options. See the full details and press release after the cut.
Toshiba has officially recalled select Sandy Bridge based notebooks, after Intel admitted a silicon flaw in the 6 Series Cougar Point chipset could lead to degradation of SATA 3Gbps connectivity. Over thirty Toshiba SKUs - across the Satellite, Portege and Qosmio lines - have been affected, with the company asking customers to "return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund." Meanwhile, HP has delayed a new product launch because of the issue.
Intel has announced a "chipset design error" affecting its 6 Series Cougar Point chipsets, found accompanying Sandy Bridge processors, which could see an ongoing degradation of the SATA ports and an ensuring impact on HDD and optical drive performance. The solution, unfortunately for Intel, is a silicon fix that will require newly manufactured versions of the chip that should begin arriving with customers in late February.
Intel is actively discouraging sales of its new Huron River chips, according to sources at notebook manufacturers, despite machines based on the new processors expected in early Q1 2011. DigiTimes sources claim that ASUS, HP, Dell and Acer will all continue to push existing Calpella-based notebooks for the next three months, as Intel reduce Huron River discounts in an attempt to clear sixth-gen Centrino chip stock.
Dell has promised the imminent unveil of a new Sandy Bridge based ultra-slim notebook "that will answer a few questions plus bring performance and style together in a big way." Tipped for reveal within the next six weeks, the unnamed ultraportable will follow a refreshed Inspiron range using Intel's 2011 Core processor line-up.