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Fujitsu hops on the "Santa Rosa" bandwagon

Fujitsu has jumped the gun when it comes to Santa Rosa-based notebooks and has three new models for the Japanese market.

Fujitsu launched two 15.4" Santa Rosa notebooks: the FMV-BIBLO NX and FMV-BIBLO NF. The NX features an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 1440x900 display and a Blu-ray burner. The lower-end NF comes equipped with a Core 2 Duo T5500 processor, 1GB of RAM, 1280x800 display and a dual-layer DVD burner.

Also announced was the 13.4" FMV-BIBLO NX. The FMV-BIBLO NX features a traditional XGA screen and can be equipped with a Core 2 Duo T7200, T5500 or Celeron M430 processor.

Intel's Santa Rosa platform uses Merom-based Core 2 Duo processors and the Crestline chipset which supports 667MHz/800MHz FSB speeds. Graphics duties are handled by a GMA X3000 graphics core and the ICH8M southbridge supports Robson NAND flash integration.

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Looks like Napa
By fbrdphreak on 4/17/2007 10:30:05 AM , Rating: 1
How is this Santa Rosa? The CPU's are Napa-Merom, 667MHz FSB models. No mention of chipset or X3000 IGP in the article. Doesn't look like Santa Rosa to me?

RE: Looks like Napa
By Puddleglum1 on 4/17/2007 12:54:18 PM , Rating: 4
Yes, these are Santa Rosa laptops. Santa Rosa uses Merom processors.

RE: Looks like Napa
By ZoZo on 4/17/2007 1:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
The CPUs are Merom, not Napa-Merom. Centrino platforms often use different CPU cores throughout their lifetime. Napa used Yonah and Merom. Santa will use Merom and its successor.

RE: Looks like Napa
By fbrdphreak on 4/18/2007 10:46:44 PM , Rating: 2
I completely understand the platforms, BELIEVE ME.

Santa Rosa is the 965 chipset with an 800MHz FSB Merom CPU. The T5500 and T7200 are 667MHz FSB Merom CPU's, from the Napa platform; hence my abbreviation "Napa-Merom."

Nowhere in this article is a proper Santa Rosa platform CPU referenced (Different processor numbers), nor is the new GMA IGP, nor any of the other identifying traits of a Santa Rosa notebook.

Sorry, but from the information this article presents, these are not Santa Rosa notebooks. It could be possible that some OEM's will drop a Napa-Merom processor (like the T5500 or T7200) into a 965 chipset, as the chipset will have to support 667 FSB for the ULV chips, but then what benefit do you get? Lower cost, newer chipset, and newer IGP - whoopdefrickin'doo.

Anyway, my point stands - as presented, these aren't Santa Rosa.

By livelouddiefast on 4/17/2007 10:53:58 AM , Rating: 1
anyone know of any decent reviews on the x3000 igp? Next gen igp stuff always raises my eyebrow in hopes they'll come out with something i can just max out the settings on WoW on, and that way i won't need to worry about dedicated video... but it seems sacrifices always have to be made for any type of small form/ mobile gaming.

RE: x3000
By A5 on 4/17/2007 12:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have any links, but I remember reading that the X3000 still gets slaughtered by the nvidia and ATI IGPs, much less anything dedicated.

RE: x3000
By subhajit on 4/18/2007 2:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
Here is a review:
Though I believe you'll be disappointed.

By WackyDan on 4/17/2007 1:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
Good luck ordering and receiving one. They are just trying to get a better share of press coverage compared to when other vendors announce in early May collectively.

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