A Intel revelou hoje que foram encontrados erros no design dos chipets série 6 mas que, entretanto, já foi implementada a correcção para os próximos chips a sair das linhas de produção. O erro foi corrigido ao nível do silício o que leva a crer que se tratava de um erro bastante grave. Segundo a Intel, este erro estava relacionado com o as portas SATA controladas pelo chipset que podiam sofrer de degradação ao longo do tempo.
A Intel garante que este erro só se verifica nos chips enviados a partir de dia 9 de Janeiro e que, portanto, ainda não devem ter chegado às mãos de muitos clientes finais. Está montada a roleta russa! De qualquer forma a Intel assume a sua posição e irá ajudar na resolução de situações relacionadas com este erro de design.
Ao que parece o impacto deste erro foi sentido até na bolsa! Quantos milhares de chips defeituosos terá a Intel fabricado até descobrir o problema?
Parte da news release:
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011 – As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel® 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. 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. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue.
The company expects to begin delivering the updated version of the chipset to customers in late February and expects full volume recovery in April. Intel stands behind its products and is committed to product quality. For computer makers and other Intel customers that have bought potentially affected chipsets or systems, Intel will work with its OEM partners to accept the return of the affected chipsets, and plans to support modifications or replacements needed on motherboards or systems. The systems with the affected support chips have only been shipping since January 9th and the company believes that relatively few consumers are impacted by this issue. The only systems sold to an end customer potentially impacted are Second Generation Core i5 and Core i7 quad core based systems. Intel believes that consumers can continue to use their systems with confidence, while working with their computer manufacturer for a permanent solution. For further information consumers should contact Intel at www.intel.com on the support page or contact their OEM manufacturer.
Que batida irá will.i.am (Director of Creative Innovation na Intel) preparar para apaziguar este problema?
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