Intel’s Sandy Bridge Processor Faulty

Intel has halted shipments of its new “Sandy Bridge” processors because of a flaw identified in a support chip known as Cougar Point.  The “Sandy Bridge” chip that had launched in January, combined standard processing and graphics units into a single chip.

According to Intel, the flaw in the support chip would have led to failures over time in connections to hard drives and DVDs.

With this recently discovered flaw, PC production will be affected worldwide, impacting production of more than 500 computer models.  Intel anticipates it will cost $1 Billion to correct the problem with the chip.

The problem is apparently in the silicon design of the chips themselves, meaning it will take Intel approximately 12 weeks to manufacture a fresh set of chips.

AMD has a similar technology and is now poised to take the lead in this arena.