Is it Halloween already? Intel
Citing "specific requests from computer makers" after "extensive discussions" on the topic, the chip giant has agreed to ship out support chips for the recently launched and even more recently recalled chipsets for its Sandy Bridge processor series. Not willy-nilly, of course -- the buggy chips will only be shipped to system builders who promise to use 'em only in configurations not affected by the bug. Otherwise, you'll have to wait a couple of weeks for a corrected version to start shipping.
The problem lies with the SATA storage controller, leaving certain controller ports unaffected while the performance of other ports (controlled by the same chip) degrades over time. Many a notebook model may never see any problem, since these systems rarely use more than a couple of hard drives; the two high-speed ports supporting the latest and greatest SATA standard are probably the only ones in use to begin with. The bug only affects the slower SATA ports.
Thus, Samsung and others may have jumped the gun when they announced blanket recalls of Sandy Bridge systems, while Hewlett-Packard
This is somewhat bad news for Advanced Micro Devices
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