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Sandy Bridge collapse claims casualties

A miffed Hewlett-Packard has had to cancel a notebook launch event because Intel can't deliver a Sandy Bridge chipset that will work properly.

HP's PR company, Edelman, confessed as much yesterday to US-based hacks. "We are postponing the business notebooks briefing on Feb. 10 as the availability of HP products will be impacted," a missive from the company read.

Intel has said it expects to miss out on around a $1 billion in lost sales and incur significant costs to fix the chipset supporting its latest wallet-filleting processor range previously codenamed Sandy Bridge and now called something daft like Second Left Past the Service Station.

Dell, Samsung and NEC are also complaining of lost sales opportunities.

Intel said it has now corrected the design fault in the dodgy Cougar Point chipsets it's been shipping with the new processors since their January 9th launch.

It's only shipped around eight million of the blighters, according to chief financial officer Stacy Smith, who confessed as much in a conference call earlier this week.