Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Chipset Design Issue

Chipset Design Issue
9 Months Ended
Oct. 01, 2011
Chipset Design Issue [Abstract]  
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Note 20: Chipset Design Issue


In January 2011, as part of our ongoing quality assurance procedures, we identified a design issue with the Intel® 6 Series Express Chipset family (formerly code-named Cougar Point). The issue affected chipsets sold in the fourth quarter of 2010 and January 2011. We subsequently implemented a silicon fix, and began shipping the updated version of the affected chipset in February 2011. We estimate that the total cost to repair and replace affected materials and systems, located with customers and in the market, will be $733 million. We recorded a charge of $311 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, which comprised $67 million in product costs for the affected chipsets and $244 million to establish a product accrual for this issue. We recognized a charge of $343 million in the first quarter of 2011, primarily related to an additional product accrual for the estimated costs to repair and replace affected materials and systems associated with products sold subsequent to December 25, 2010. In the second quarter of 2011, we recognized an additional $79 million charge as we finalized agreements with customers for reimbursement to repair and replace affected materials and systems. Therefore, we do not expect to have any significant future adjustments to our estimate. The charges incurred in the first half of 2011 are reflected in the results of the PC Client Group operating segment. As of October 1, 2011, the remaining product accrual for the chipset design issue was $144 million and is classified within other accrued liabilities.