Less than a month after it’s official launch during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel has halted shipment of its Sandy Bridge chipsets. In the company’s press release, it has found a flaw in a support chip in the Sandy Bridge chipset codenamed “Cougar Point”. The flaw only affects the Sandy Bridge chipset and not the processors themselves.
this flaw “might cause the Serial-ATA SATA ports within the chipset to degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard drives and DVD-drives.” In the same press release, Intel expects that this issue is estimated to cost $700 million (PhP3.1B) to repair and resolve thus reducing the company’s expect revenue but $300 million (PhP13.3B).
Intel has since been replacing the affected support chip in the revised Sandy Bridge chipsets.