Intel announced Monday that it had discovered a design flaw in a 6-series chipset that is used in its newest processor family. The chipset, dubbed Sandy Bridge, was announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas, where it was met with fanfare and admiration from the techies in attendance.
At issue in the manufacturing of the chips is the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports, according to Intel; the ports within the chipsets have the potential to degrade over time and could hurt the functioning or performance of SATA-linked devices, like hard disk drives and DVD-drives. Intel hopes to prevent a wave of bad publicity that has hurt other technology giants, like Dell, after the degradation of key component parts hurt functionality and cost millions in replacement parts.
Intel halted shipments of the affected chip and has corrected the design issue; moreover, it has begun to make a new, corrected version that should begin delivery shipments sometime at the end of February, the company said in a statement.
However, the company has already lost valuable time in the correction of the issue and could face cancelled orders from buyers after this latest string of recalls. Intel affirms that few companies have already received the faulty chips, though, because they only began shipping on January 9.