Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: Microservices Expo, @CloudExpo

Microservices Expo: Article

Sandy Bridge Systems Rollout Set Back by Chipset Flaw

The hiccup will set back the rollout of Sandy Bridge gear by a few weeks

A "design issue" has derailed the Cougar Point chipset for Intel's ballyhooed Sandy Bridge processors, forcing the company to pull Cougar Point off the market, it said Monday morning.

The hiccup will set back the rollout of Sandy Bridge gear by a few weeks.

Intel thinks some OEMs will wait; others will substitute an older-generation processor.

Intel says it has a Cougar Point fix and has already started making a new version of the problem dingus, formally called the Intel 6 Series.

The thing's only been shipping in systems since January 9, and Intel believes the only boxes that might be impacted that are in end-user hands are Second Generation Core i5 and i7 quad-core systems.

It figures they can be used without hazard until the new chipsets start arriving in late February.

The problem seems to be that the chipset's SATA ports may degrade over time, impacting the performance or functionality of hard drives and DVD drives. Intel does not think data can be impacted.

The company said during a conference call that it only made the decision to put the Cougar Point chip on hold Sunday night.

The "circuit design issue," which it called "pretty subtle," turned up last week after OEMs returned some sample chips that had reacted badly under continuing stress tests involving time, temperature and voltage. The fix, which Intel described as "straightforward," means a change in the chipset's metal layer.

Cougar Point is the only chipset available for Sandy Bridge and Intel reckons that eight million of the parts have already been integrated into motherboards. It calculates that perhaps 5%-15% of them might fail over time depending on configurations and use, but it's not really sure, which is one of the reasons for the recall.

It said it had had no end-user complaints but apparently there aren't all that many systems out there to complain about.

The problem is not a functional issue and the dingus previously passed internal and OEM validation tests.

Intel expects to be in full production with the replacement part by April. Sandy Bridge processors will keep shipping through the setback.

Intel said it will work with OEM on returning the bad chipsets and support the modifications or replacements needed on the finished motherboards and systems.

It estimates that the problem will reduce its first-quarter revenue by about $300 million. It puts the total cost of repairing and replacing the widget and the systems now in the market at around $700 million.

The screw-up will drag down the company's otherwise handsome Q4 gross margin by four percentage points to 63.5% and slice a couple of points off its forecast Q1 gross margin to around 61%-62% and lop a point off its full-year gross margin to around 63%-64%.

With Intel's acquisition of Infineon's Wireless Solutions business closing Monday and its giant McAfee acquisition closing by the end of this quarter, the company is now expecting its Q1 revenue to be $11.7 billion, plus or minus $400 million, up from its previous estimate of $11.5 billion, plus or minus $400 million with spending on R&D and MG&A up from a calculation of approximately $3.4 billion to about $3.6 billion.

Intel also boosted its full-year revenue growth projection from 10% to the mid-to high teens.

The Infineon unit will now operate as the Intel Mobile Communications Group.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Microservices Articles
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Consumer-driven contracts are an essential part of a mature microservice testing portfolio enabling independent service deployments. In this presentation we'll provide an overview of the tools, patterns and pain points we've seen when implementing contract testing in large development organizations.
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure ...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, discussed how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He also discussed how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.
"We do one of the best file systems in the world. We learned how to deal with Big Data many years ago and we implemented this knowledge into our software," explained Jakub Ratajczak, Business Development Manager at MooseFS, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.