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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 13:12

Intel Cougar Point SATA bug detailed

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Faulty transistor
Anandtech had a nice chat with Intel's VP and Director of Intel Client PC Operations and Enabling, Steve Smith about the yesterday Intel 6-series chipset SATA bug and it appeares that the bug is caused by a fauly transistor inside the 3Gbps PLL clocking tree.

The problem that plagues the 3Gbps ports however doesn't affect 6Gbps ports as these are connected to a different PLL clocking tree. It appears that the aforementioned transistor leaks current which ultimately leads to a failure of the ports. To make things worse (for Intel), the problem appeared on the B-stepping of the chipsets, which is the one that got shipped to customers.

Intel still keeps telling the world that this is not a full blown recall and calls it "a simple oversight". Quite a costly oversight if you ask us.

You can find more here.

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+29 #1 leftiszi 2011-02-01 14:41
At some not so distant point in the future....

Customer: Hey Intel, your HDD controller screwed up all my precious data

Intel : Sorry man, this was "a simple oversight"

The Customer's friend : Man, I'm glad I got myself a Bulldozer!
 
 
+5 #2 MrScary 2011-02-01 17:19
[censored]ing incompetents, it was cristal clear the nebulous problem around "inside the 3Gbps PLL clocking tree" had to affect your data backups, photos...

No big deal, said retardtel.
 
 
+11 #3 thomasg 2011-02-01 17:56
Again, it DOESN'T AFFECT THE DRIVES, just the port that the drives plug into. You can take your HDD or DVD drive and plug it into any other system and it will work fine. Yes Intel screwed up and shipped a faulty product but it won't affect your data at all. If you bought one of these faulty chipsets, get a refund and buy AMD or if you really want Intel wait a couple months.
 
 
0 #4 MrScary 2011-02-01 20:19
Quoting thomasg:
Again, it DOESN'T AFFECT THE DRIVES, just the port that the drives plug into. You can take your HDD or DVD drive and plug it into any other system and it will work fine. Yes Intel screwed up and shipped a faulty product but it won't affect your data at all. If you bought one of these faulty chipsets, get a refund and buy AMD or if you really want Intel wait a couple months.

Dont try to save intel ass, and much better dont try to give people hopes about something isnt tru, the sata port leaked electricity and is said this degrade the hard drives. Its like having a constant shortcircuit on the hdd a la Frankenstein, hahaha.

I would Laugh a lot trying to set up a server with this thing, after all, according to intel "its no big deal" :lol:
 
 
+3 #5 Boomstick777 2011-02-01 20:51
Quoting leftiszi:
At some not so distant point in the future....

Customer: Hey Intel, your HDD controller screwed up all my precious data

Intel : Sorry man, this was "a simple oversight"

The Customer's friend : Man, I'm glad I got myself a Bulldozer!


haha :)
 
 
+3 #6 thomasg 2011-02-01 21:06
Quoting MrScary:
Dont try to save intel ass, and much better dont try to give people hopes about something isnt tru, the sata port leaked electricity and is said this degrade the hard drives. Its like having a constant shortcircuit on the hdd a la Frankenstein, hahaha.

I would Laugh a lot trying to set up a server with this thing, after all, according to intel "its no big deal" :lol:

Whow am I trying to "save Intel's ass"? I'm not some rabid fanboy that insists you must buy Intel even though they ship defective products. I said, buy AMD or for those that have to have Intel, at least wait a couple months. But a port that stops getting power from your motherboard will not mess up anything plugged into it, it's common sense.
 
 
0 #7 FoxMontage 2011-02-02 14:04
In Intel's 43 year history, one faulty transistor out of the billions used in their designs over the years aint bad.
 
 
+3 #8 Cartman 2011-02-02 16:23
Its really incredible that stuff like this can happen, i mean do they test stuff before they sell it to you??

Kinda reminds me on Baracuda scenario..., no Seagate in my pc ever again i lost 500 gb of data then, screw the money they give you back, but my music and rest data is lost forever.
This was very bad for Intel in my opinion.
 
 
+3 #9 TechHog 2011-02-02 19:27
You guys do realize that Intel's only downplaying it publicly to comfort investors and that internally, they're taking this very seriously and have probably fired several people already, right?
 
 
+2 #10 TechHog 2011-02-02 19:47
Quoting Cartman:
Its really incredible that stuff like this can happen, i mean do they test stuff before they sell it to you??

Um... duh? Don't you think that there would be far more problems far more often if they didn't test these things? This is the biggest chip maker in the world. They can't afford to make mistakes like this, so the fact that this happened means that something went horribly, horribly wrong. Obviously, someone screwed up this time, and that someone is probably on the unemployment line. A company making one mistake doesn't necessarily mean that they're lazy and horrible. Does the fact that they owned up to it on their own before hardly anyone knew there was an issue mean nothing?
 

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