Intel offers some Sandy Bridge love to their partners
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2011 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, today is the first day of mass production for the new and improved B3 version of P67/H67 boards, now shipping without the possibly faulty SATA ports. By next week they will be shipping these new motherboards to ASUS and and Gigabyte in small quantities, though apparently not to MSI or others. By April they expect to be in full swing, having replaced the early adopter's boards and filling the channel as well.
"Intel has recently finished negotiating with its motherboard partners and agreed to pay the full cost
of related production and shipping of defective motherboards as compensation for its 6 series chip
problem, according to sources from motherboard makers.
However, because the related calculation and evaluation processes are complicated, Intel has not yet
decided when it will recognize the related losses into its financial report.
The sources pointed out that the issue will seriously damage consumer demand for PCs in the first
quarter, causing sales to be lower than expected.
Taiwan-based motherboard players including Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Elitegroup Computer
System (ECS), Micro-Star International (MSI) and ASRock as well as notebook players including Acer,
Lenovo and Toshiba have all announced recalls for defective devices.
The sources also pointed out that Intel's new fixed B3 version 6 series chipsets started mass
production on February 14 and will start shipping in small volume to Asustek and Gigabyte next week.
Regular supply of the chipset is expected to return to normal in April.
Asustek believes the incident will affect about 2% of its revenues in the first quarter, causing the
quarter to become the bottom of the year, but the company is optimistic that its second quarter
results will benefit from the delayed demand."
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