Latest in Anand

Image credit:

Intel Sandy Bridge chipset flaw identified as a rogue transistor affecting SATA ports

Vlad Savov
February 1, 2011
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Intel raised quite a few eyebrows yesterday by disclosing that its Cougar Point chipsets suffer from an incurable design issue that would potentially degrade Serial ATA transfers over time. AnandTech has gone to the trouble of getting in touch with Intel to seek more information and the problem, as it turns out, is a single transistor that's prone to a higher current leakage than tolerable. This can not only diminish performance over the 3Gbps SATA ports, it can actually make them fail altogether. There is more comforting news, however, in that the pair of 6Gbps SATA ports on the chipset are untroubled by this ailment, so devices and users that never plug into the 3Gbps connections can just carry on as if nothing's ever happened. For everyone else, a repair and replacement service is taking place now, with Intel's budget for dealing with this problem said to be a generous $700 million.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Presenting the Best of CES 2021 winners!

Presenting the Best of CES 2021 winners!

View
Tesla is hiring people to handle complaints people tweet at Elon Musk

Tesla is hiring people to handle complaints people tweet at Elon Musk

View
Synthetic cornea helped a legally blind man regain his sight

Synthetic cornea helped a legally blind man regain his sight

View
Paramount+ will replace CBS All Access on March 4th

Paramount+ will replace CBS All Access on March 4th

View
Samsung's latest rugged tablet gets a Dex and WiFi 6 update

Samsung's latest rugged tablet gets a Dex and WiFi 6 update

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr