Chip maker Intel has begun shipping the fixed B3 stepping 6-series chipsets to notebook and motherboard makers, who are expected to unveil their Sandy Bridge powered devices later this month.
According to Digitimes, who got the tip from Taiwan based original device manufacturers, by shipping the fixed Sandy Bridges chipsets to first-tier manufacturers, Intel is looking to generate demand for the processors and counter the negative impact on PC sales of the defective chips.
It had been previously discovered that Intel's newly launched Sandy Bridge Series 6 chipsets, codenamed Cougar, contained a design flaw in two specific SATA 3 Gbps ports that rendered the systems useless.
“Shipments of new devices equipped with the new 6-series chipsets from first-tier makers will help stir up demand, while minimizing the impact of the defective chips on PC sales,” Digitimes sources said.
Taiwan based Toshiba distributor Grainew has revealed that the company will be unveiling its new range of Sandy bridge powered laptop devices on February 23rd and will start shipping them around mid-March.
Meanwhile, other device makers like Asus and Acer are also expected to release Sandy Bridge laptops in March.