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Intel has said today that it has identified a defect in some of its Sandy Bridge chipsets which will cost the company millions of dollars this year. Intel said that the problem lies in the Serial-ATA ports of some Cougar points which causes the ports to degrade over time. Degraded ports will result in lower performance of SATA connected devices.
These are the newest processors from Intel which Intel has been marketting as the next generation in processor technology. Intel said that it was working with its partners to ensure returns are processed and replacements offered. Intel has a updated chipset that contains a silicon fix for the design error which is set to ship out in February.

Intel said that it expects to see a revenue drop by $300 million which would be the cost for stalled shipments, returns and replacements. Intel said no other products were affected by the bug.

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