Intel’s processor woes earlier this year have come back to bite Taiwan notebook makers with major falls in shipments.

The flaw inside the chipset’s SATA controller forced the chip giant into a worldwide recall, leaving notebook makers reeling.

According to news website, Quanta Computer and Wistron, two of the world’s major notebook suppliers to big brands such as Toshiba, Apple and HP, saw significant declines in shipments and revenue. says Quanta Computer recorded a 21% month-on-month fall in revenue for February 2011 with notebook shipments dropping from 4.2million in January to 3.2million during February.

Meanwhile competitor Wistron also revealed that its February 2011 revenue was down 19% as the company shipped 1.75million notebooks, its lowest shipment level since 2009.

The growth in demand for tablet devices are also likely to hurt notebook sales with Apple’s second-generation iPad 2 due for release in the US on March 11 and a raft of Android models due in the next few months.

Intel announced the flaw in its Sandy Bridge chipset had been found – and fixed – in a January 31 release. It initially expected replacement product for desktops and notebooks to be available by April however, desktop motherboards are expected to be available as early as next week with a new “B3 stepping” code to inform users of the new parts.

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