The Intel Sandy Bridge flaw has lead to a recall and the cost is said to be around $1 billion. This has now led to a delay in shipments, and will surly have a knock-on effect throughout the market? The delay in new models is likely to last at least three months, and could falter PC growth, which as we know needs all the help it can get at the moment.
The Guardian reports that Sandy Bridge was launched in January and what was thought to be a great design has now turned into a disaster for Intel. Some of us would have not noticed the flaws right away, but the chipmaker said that they would have appeared over time, which would have affected how it connects to DVD and hard drives.
As mentioned above the PC industry has already seen a downturn in growth, and with 500 models now facing production issues we could see a few smaller companies having real hardships. We do not know what they will do about this, maybe that might even consider a shift to AMD? However, a move like this is not as easy as one would assume.
An issue like this does not come around very often, but when it does it is considered to be a complete embarrassment. We say this because you have to wonder how such a flaw can happen in the first place? However, this is not the first time that such a thing happens, and will not be the last time either. Here is a list of all affected models, we just hope that the issue is sorted so that Sandy Bridge can be included in the MacBook Air 2011 refresh.