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Duff Intel chip forces HP to postpone launches

Sandy Bridge delay
Wed Feb 02 2011, 11:12

FLOGGER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP has postponed the release of some notebooks built with Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.

HP is putting back the launch date of some of its business laptops because of Intel's duff chip. The company revealed its new laptop models will be delayed by Chipzilla's dodgy chip but it hasn't put a date on when it is going to have the issue sorted out.

"We are postponing the business notebooks briefing on Feb 10 as the availability of HP products will be impacted," HP wrote in a press statement.

HP had Intel's 6 series Cougar Point chips good to go in its lineup of business notebooks, but at least it's not in the embarrassing position that Samsung found itself in yesterday. Not only has the Korean company manufactured PCs with Intel's 6 series Cougar Point chip inside, it has already shipped them to retailers. That meant Samsung had to offer a refund or exchange programme for affected PCs that are part of six lines in Korea.

HP, Samsung and other PC vendors making Sandy Bridge products will likely lose some sales by having to postpone hardware shipments.

Intel was forced to admit over the weekend that it will be stung for at least $700 million by its Sandy Bridge chipset problem. The company believes that full recalls by OEMs are unlikely, however, leaving punters to work out any replacements with vendors. Chipzilla also said that it will take until April to sort out the problem. µ


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