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Intel Corp. surprised investors Monday with news that it has found a design flaw found in a support chip that works with its ballyhooed new chip, code-named Sandy Bridge, and it has to replace systems in the market.

This isn’t the first time the chip maker has had a design problem, as semiconductors get increasingly complex. And Intel's newest Core chip is especially complicated, combining processing and graphics processing on the same chip.

In this case, the company said that testing has shown that ports in the Sandy Bridge chipset, which communicate with hard drives or DVD drives, may degrade over time. The Sandy Bridge chip itself is unaffected.

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