Friday, February 18, 2011

Intel begins shipping fixed B3 stepping 6-series chipsets to first-tier makers

intel has begun shipping its fixed B3 stepping 6-series chipsets to first-tier notebook and motherboard makers and a number of brand-name notebook vendors are expected to unveil their Sandy Bridge-based models at the end of the month, according to sources at Taiwan-based notebook ODMs.

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, the sources noted.

Toshiba will unveil its Sandy Bridge-powered notebooks in Taipei on February 23 with the products to be available starting mid-March, according to Taiwan-based Grainew, Toshiba's distributor in Taiwan.

Toshiba is expected to release three new models, the 13.3-inch R830, 14-inch R840 and 15-inch R850, according to industry sources.

Acer and Asustek Computer are also expected to begin shipping Sandy Bridge notebooks in mid-March, the sources added.

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