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Major impending hardware failure

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zx10guy, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

    Mar 30, 2008
    This bulletin is to make people aware of a major impending hardware failure involving a particular chip used in many networking and storage devices. To keep the site in the clear, I will not name the source of the chip nor the model number here. You will find what is speculated to be the cause of the issue in the links I will post below. In summary, the chip in question provides the timing signal for the affected devices. Apparently, the failure is time based in terms of time in operation. The agreed upon time of operation is 18 months. After the 18 months of operation has been reached, the chip in question can (and based on the information out there will eventually fail) at any time. When the chip fails, the device is rendered useless...essentially a brick. There is no firmware or microcode update that will fix this issue. The only fix is a total hardware replacement.

    Cisco is the first manufacturer to go public with this problem. Here is their public announcement:


    Here are various articles online discussing this growing major problem which is known to affect other manufacturers of which we're waiting for public announcements from them.






    I'll update this thread as more information comes out from other manufacturers and maybe the manufacturer of said chip.
  2. dino7


    May 27, 2011
  3. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

    Mar 30, 2008
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