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Just a little sand under the bridge?

Intel said last Monday that a Sandy Bridge chipset flaw is halting the rollouts of some new products at Best Buy stores. The chipset that accompanies Intel’s second-generation Core (“Sandy Bridge”) processor has a flaw that can affect access to a hard drive, optical drive, or other device connected by SATA technology.

Sandy Bridge is the first mainstream chip that integrates graphics silicon directly onto the processor and is the first chip line based fully on Intel’s leading edge 32 nm process.

PC makers, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba have pulled systems from online sales, as well as suspended sales at retailers like Best Buy. According to a representative contacted by CNET by phone, a Best Buy in Silicon Valley had expect three laptops and four desktops using the new technology.

CNET shows the impact of the chipset flaw on just one manufacturer:

“Toshiba’s rollout–now suspended–of Sandy Bridge laptops shows what just one PC maker has pulled from the sales channel. Toshiba’s Satellite A665–SKUs S5182, S5183, S5184, S5185, S5187–have been suspended. The Satellite A665 3D Edition (model 3DV12) and Qosmio X505, SKUs Q8102, Q8104 have also been held for now.”

(Note added February 7, 2011: Intel announced today that fixed Sandy Bridge chipsets (“Cougar Point”) would start shipping mid-February.)

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