Intel’s Chipset Design Error and Latest Technologies
On Intel newsroom blog at the end of January Intel has announced that it had identified a major bug in a 6 Series chipset support chip, with the code name of “Cougar Point,” which is an integral part of its new second-generation Core (aka “Sandy Bridge”) processing platform. This will have major financial implications for Intel (halting shipments and replacing or repairing hardware could cost up to $700 million), but will also affect eager customers who bought Sandy Bridge hardware as soon as it was available.Also we focus on latest Intel technologies like”Thunderbolt”.
- This is not a CPU problem. Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors remain fine; only currently shipping P67 and H67 motherboards on which the 6 Series chipset is located are affected by the glitch.
- It’s SATA-related. The Cougar Point problem specifically affects the motherboard’s SATA controller, causing on board SATA ports to degrade over time and possibly reduce performance of hard drives, optical drives, and other SATA-driven devices.
- Not all SATA is affected. Newer and faster 6-Gbps SATA ports are fine—the problem occurs only in slower 3-Gbps ports(Ports2,3,4,5). Of course, desktop Sandy Bridge motherboards have more 3-Gbps ports than 6-Gbps ports (the spec provides for four of the former and two of the latter).
Which specific Intel®-branded desktop motherboards are affected?
A: Intel®-branded desktop boards that are potentially affected include: DP67BG, DH67CL, DH67GD, DH67BL, DH67CF, DP67BA, DP67DE, DQ67SW, DQ67OW, DQ67EP, DB65AL. Intel-branded desktop boards based on H61 SKU of Intel® 6 Series Express Chipsets have not gone into production with B2 stepping and are not affected by this issue. This includes DH61CR, DH61BE, DH61WW, DH61DL and DH61AG. The Intel-branded desktop board layout diagrams showing the SATA connectors are available at: http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-032282.htm
To determine if you have one of the impacted Intel® 6 Series chipsets in your system visit Intel Identify. For latest update on this issue visit Intel Update.For Intel press release on this bug visit Here
What is this stuff “Sandy bridge” all about?
Focusing the Moore’s law and keeping it consistant with time, Intel next generation of processors on the Mobile, Desktop and Notebook platforms. Code named Sandy bridge, is packed with fully integrated GPU(Graphic Processing Unit), LLC(last level cache), media controllers and processor cores onto one silicon chip.Sandy Bridge is not to be considered as an innovation in the x86 family, it’s rather an extension of the first generation of core processors “Nehalem“, includes a graphics core on the same silicon piece of the i3/5/7 CPUs.
What’s new stuff from Intel? Thunderbolt™ technology and Film “Chase”
Intel Corporation Thunderbolt™ technology, a new high-speed PC connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple, and is available first on Apple’s new line of MacBook Pro laptop computers.
Intel’s action-packed short film, “The Chase”
To build excitement around the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, Intel is launching an action-adventure video titled “The Chase.” The spot demonstrates the performance capabilities of the new processors by creating an action-movie style chase sequence that takes place through a wide variety of program windows on a computer desktop.