Sandy Bridge

Toshiba recalls notebooks over Intel chipset flaw; HP & NEC delay launches

Toshiba recalls notebooks over Intel chipset flaw; HP & NEC delay launches

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.

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Puget Systems talks about fix for Intel Sandy Bridge flaw

Puget Systems talks about fix for Intel Sandy Bridge flaw

Yesterday Intel stepped forward and announced that it had found a flaw in the chipsets that go along with the Sandy Bridge platform. The flaw requires a silicon fix, which amounts to a design change to remedy. The machines on the market already with the design flaw will see their IO performance degrade over time but the machines will continue to function.

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Intel design error scuppers Sandy Bridge chipset: recalls ahead

Intel design error scuppers Sandy Bridge chipset: recalls ahead

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.

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MacBook Pro stock shortage could point to imminent Sandy Bridge refresh

MacBook Pro stock shortage could point to imminent Sandy Bridge refresh

Apple's MacBook Pro range could be due for an imminent refresh, if reports of dwindling stocks of existing 15- and 17-inch models pan out. According to multiple MacRumors sources both Apple Stores and third-party retailers are running low on supplies of the notebooks, with Amazon listing 1-2 month delays on shipping the 17-inch MBP. The shortage could herald a refresh of the MacBook Pro line, introducing Intel's new Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors.

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Acer deny netbook phase-out: Tablets “will find their space”

Acer deny netbook phase-out: Tablets “will find their space”

Acer has gone on the netbook defensive after comments from a Taiwan sales manager were interpreted as suggesting the company was planning to phase out the budget ultraportables in favor of tablets. According to the PR, Acer expects tablets "will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks, without taking over."

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Acer Sandy Bridge Android tablets due 1H 2011

Acer Sandy Bridge Android tablets due 1H 2011

Acer has confirmed it is planning to release two or three tablets in the first half of 2011, ranging in size from 7-inches to 10-inches. Described by Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian as "aimed at phasing out netbooks" since "that's the direction of the market," the three slates will be Android based but use Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, according to ComputerWorld.

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Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3 Mini-ITX packs dual-HDMI for Sandy Bridge

Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3 Mini-ITX packs dual-HDMI for Sandy Bridge

A new Gigabyte Mini-ITX motherboard promises to make use of Intel Sandy Bridge's dual-HD video stream decoding abilities, packing twin HDMI ports onto the compact 'board. Spotted by Semiaccurate, the Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3 supports the new Intel H67 chipset for the new Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, and offers two USB 3.0 connections and native eSATA support.

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MSI Wind Top AE220, AE2410 and AE2050 Intel and AMD touchscreen all-in-ones debut

MSI Wind Top AE220, AE2410 and AE2050 Intel and AMD touchscreen all-in-ones debut

MSI has unveiled three new Wind Top all-in-one desktop PCs at CES 2011 today, the Intel Sandy Bridge based Wind Top AE2210 and AE2410, and the AMD Brazos based Wind Top AE2050. All three feature 16:9 aspect multi-touch touchscreens - 22-inches on the AE2210, 24-inches on the AE2410, and 20-inches on the AE2050 - together with USB 3.0 ports for high-speed connectivity.

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Lenovo IdeaPad V370, V470 and V570 push Sandy Bridge to the mainstream

Lenovo IdeaPad V370, V470 and V570 push Sandy Bridge to the mainstream

Mainstream and SOHO laptops generally aren't especially inspiring, but at least Lenovo has tried to differentiate the new V Series machines with slick aluminum casings and covers, and 21mm-thick chassis. The Lenovo IdeaPad V370, V470 and V570 hit the 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch screen sizes respectively (each running at 1366 x 768), paired with up to Intel Core i7 second-gen Sandy Bridge CPUs and up to 8GB of RAM.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z570, Z470 & Z370 multimedia notebooks get Sandy Bridge

Lenovo IdeaPad Z570, Z470 & Z370 multimedia notebooks get Sandy Bridge

Lenovo's updated Z Series multimedia notebooks have had in injection of Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors, with the IdeaPad Z570, Z470 and Z370 built around 15.6-, 14- and 13.3-inch displays respectively and a choice of Core i3, i5 or i7 CPUs. The IdeaPad Z470 and Z370 come with eye-catching fuchsia, sky blue or dark brown transparent covers, while the Z570 is a little more sensible with an Accutype chiclet keyboard and metallic-effect casing.

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Lenovo IdeaPad B570 and B470 notebooks outed

Lenovo IdeaPad B570 and B470 notebooks outed

Sitting at the entry level of Lenovo's new CES 2011 notebook range, the IdeaPad B570 and B470 laptops pack a choice of Intel 2nd-gen Core i3 or i5 processors and integrated Sandy Bridge graphics. Offering 15.6- and 14-inch displays, Lenovo's RapidBoot for Windows 7 and HDMI connectivity, the two new models have slick, brushed-metal effect casings.

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Lenovo IdeaPad G Series notebooks get Intel or AMD Brazos Fusion chips

Lenovo IdeaPad G Series notebooks get Intel or AMD Brazos Fusion chips

Lenovo's G Series may be the company's value notebooks, but they still haven't escaped the Sandy Bridge upgrade. New for CES 2011 are the Lenovo IdeaPad G770, G570, G470, G575 and G475, spanning 17-, 15- and 14-inch screen sizes, and available with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, or chips from AMD's new Brazos Fusion range. They're paired with either AMD Radeon HD 6370M 1GB graphics or Radeon HD 6650 graphics.

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