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Intel rolls out the red carpet for its next generation Centrino platform.

Intel today announced its next generation Santa Rosa Centrino platform. Over the past years, details of various aspects of the platform have leaked out such as the processors used, Robson NAND flash technology and the new Draft-N wireless adapter.

"When we introduced Intel Centrino 4 years ago, Intel changed the computing landscape with our mobile innovations," said Intel Mobile Products Group VP and general manager Mooly Eden. "Now, simply said, we have improved virtually all aspects of Intel-based notebooks, the most popular and fastest growing computing market segment in the world."

The new Merom-based Core 2 Duo processors are still based on a 65nm manufacturing process but now feature an 800MHz front side bus (up from 667MHz). Intel has also introduced Super Low Frequency Mode (Super LFM) and Enhanced Intel Deeper Sleep to reduce power consumption when idle.

The chipset used with Santa Rosa is the Intel Mobile 965 Express (PM965). It is essentially a rejigged version of the 965 Express Broadwater chipset introduced for desktop last year. The PM965 northbridge is paired with the ICH8M southbridge. It supports 10 USB 2.0 connections, three 3Gbps SATA ports, GbE and six PCIe x1 lanes. ICH8M also supports Intel Active Management Technology 2.5 (AMT 2.5).

Another welcome update is in the area of graphics. For notebooks not using discrete graphics solutions from ATI or NVIDIA, there is the new GMA X3100 IGP. The GPU is clocked at 500MHz and supports Windows Vista Aero Glass.

Although notebook manufacturers still have the option of using the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless network adapter, most will opt for the new Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN Draft-N network adapter. The adapter supports 802.11a, 802.11b/g and 802.11 Draft-N standards. When operating in 802.11n mode, the adapter offers theoretical transfer speeds of up to 300Mbps while giving twice the range of 802.11g solutions.

Another new feature included with Santa Rosa is Intel Turbo Memory (formerly known as Robson). We first saw Intel Turbo Memory in operation at last year's Computex, but today the technology is actually ready for prime time. As previously detailed on DailyTech, notebook manufacturers will be able to install 512MB or 1GB of dedicated NAND memory in systems to improve application load times, reduce Windows Vista boot times and increase battery life due to less reliance on the physical HDD.

As you may have noticed, Santa Rosa-based notebooks have been popping up all over from Sony, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Asus and HP. The announcements continue to pour in with new Santa Rosa notebooks from HP and two more from Dell.

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Good news...
By TheWizardofOz on 5/9/2007 1:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
Santa Rosa is definately good news for mobile users.

Besides the Turbo Memory, though, it offers no big changes after the last generation Centrino platform. I doubt that 133Mhz FSB increase will make it significantly faster. 4945 Wireless adapter has still Draft-N, but that's mostly a delay from IEEE. Hopefully when the standard gets finelized, Intel will offer a firmware update for these WI-Fi adapters to be fully Wireless-N compliant.

I would still wait for Peryn based 45nm CPUs to buy a new laptop though...

RE: Good news...
By Brandon Hill on 5/9/2007 1:37:14 PM , Rating: 6
I'd say the power management advances and the X3100 graphics core are noteworthy additions.

RE: Good news...
By Aikouka on 5/9/2007 1:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, if I can find one of these for around the $1000 mark, I'd be tempted to upgrade my laptop, even though I don't use it often. I'm pretty happy with my current Intel desktop setup (also based on the 965 chipset), so that'd ease qualms about switching from an AMD notebook to an Intel notebook.

RE: Good news...
By TheWizardofOz on 5/9/2007 2:09:15 PM , Rating: 1
X3100 is good. Especially when it's the only integrated solution that supports DX10. But X3000 was already out, and AFAIK 3100 and 3000 have no differences, just the bugs of x3000 have been fixed.

Power manangement is always good.

My point was only considering the CPU. I want to wait until 45nm Peryn-M is out.

RE: Good news...
By jak3676 on 5/9/2007 4:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
The X3100 is supposed to be a nice jump over the old GMA 950, but I cannot find anything on Intel's website that says its DX10. It looks like DX9.0c to me. Here's what I'm looking at, can someone come up with a good source that says it's DX10?
Acceleration for all Microsoft DirectX 9 and SGI OpenGL 1.5

"Supports a Pixel shader 3.0 (for DirectX 9 applications)"

RE: Good news...
By Brainonska511 on 5/9/2007 6:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
The integrated graphics structure is Direct X 10 compatible. It is just Direct X 9 at the moment until the appropriate driver is released by Intel to enable Direct X 10 comptability.

RE: Good news...
By Storkme on 5/9/2007 5:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
Have we got any figures for battery life on santa rosa based laptops?

RE: Good news...
By crystal clear on 5/10/2007 11:01:56 AM , Rating: 2
Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops

NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 – Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading

RE: Good news...
By crystal clear on 5/10/2007 11:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
The most quoted link on all major websites-

Besides the Turbo Memory

Testing Turbo Memory:

On paper, Intel's Turbo Memory appears to be a sure win and seemingly the type of thing you'd want on every system. The problem is that despite what you'd expect, we have yet to see any tangible performance increase from using Intel's Turbo Memory.

Dell D531 Not Santa Rosa
By TomZ on 5/9/2007 2:37:28 PM , Rating: 1
According to the linked Dell press release, the D531 is based on AMD processors. Unless I'm missing something, I don't think this could be a Santa Rosa based notebook.

RE: Dell D531 Not Santa Rosa
By noirsoft on 5/10/2007 1:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, but the other two notebooks mentioned in the press release are Intel-based.

RE: Dell D531 Not Santa Rosa
By TomZ on 5/10/2007 9:19:16 AM , Rating: 1
My point was that DT had a picture of the D531, which they later replaced with another Dell model.

RE: Dell D531 Not Santa Rosa
By crystal clear on 5/10/2007 8:21:06 AM , Rating: 1
Tom you are correct-read below

Dell announced the launch of its Latitude D630, D830 and D531 notebooks. The Latitude D630 and D830 are based on Intel's Santa Rosa platform and feature the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, while the D531 is based on AMD's Turion 64 and Sempron processors.

Buying it !
By shady3005 on 5/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Buying it !
By James Holden on 5/10/2007 6:03:23 AM , Rating: 2
Centrino Pro does not mean Santa Rosa. Dailytech was the only publication I saw that actually got that right. Kudos.

FYI, Centrino Pro is just the "corporate" Santa Rosa with vPro technology.

RE: Buying it !
By TomZ on 5/10/2007 9:21:32 AM , Rating: 2
...and from what I can tell, Santa Rosa is going to be marketed as Centrino Duo for the non-pro edition.

By crystal clear on 5/10/2007 9:02:53 AM , Rating: 2
Want to Know the Real Leaders in Laptop Sales?

On Wednesday, an analyst group released the market share held by laptop manufacturers during 2006 – not OEMs like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, or Toshiba, but the companies that actually make the laptops themselves.

In the ODM world, the top five manufacturers of 2006 were Quanta, Compal, Wistron, Inventec and Asus, whose total shipments accounted for 86.6 percent of the total market.,1895,2128010,

By soydios on 5/9/2007 4:10:47 PM , Rating: 2
Is there any information out there about when the Apple Macbook and Macbook Pro would be receiving a "Santa Rosa" hardware refresh?

They timed it right
By crystal clear on 5/10/2007 8:27:03 AM , Rating: 2

Nvidia has announced a new family of Nvidia GeForce 8 series of graphics processors targeted at the newly evolved notebook PC market. These new GPUs (graphics processing units) help power notebook PCs with their multimedia output.

Initially available in GeForce 8600M and GeForce 8400M versions, the new GPUs' features include Nvidia's PureVideo HD video processing engine for playback of HD-DVD, Blu-ray and HD (high-definition) movies, and Nvidia PowerMizer technology which intelligently balances the user's need for longer battery life and performance, noted the company.

The new GeForce 8M series notebook GPUs are the first to support DirectX 10 and are available from PC makers such as HP, Toshiba, Acer, Samsung, and Asustek, added the company.

By crystal clear on 5/10/2007 8:39:40 AM , Rating: 2

Some parts of the Santa Rosa processor were developed at Intel's three development centers in Israel—at Jerusalem, Haifa and Petach Tikva —which also developed the original Centrino processor.

According to Roni Friedman, manager of the processor development team in Intel's research center in Haifa, the Centrino Pro features "improvements" in performance, power, communications, security and form factor.

Friedman and other executives said that the Centrino Pro processor would help mobile workers interact through IEEE 802.11n wireless local area networks along with backwards compatibility to 802.11a/b/g networks. The upgrade wireless technology delivers data rates up to 300 Mbits/s. Intel claimed the technology is "up to five times faster and up to twice the range of the previous-generation wireless technology."

According to Friedman, the Mobile Intel 965 Express chip set, also developed in Israel, supports high-definition video and a feature called Turbo memory, which allows access to "frequently used software applications twice as fast and reduce the amount of time it takes to turn on, or boot-up a laptop by 20 percent."

Santa Rosa sucessor to A8JS?
By thayguy09 on 5/9/2007 8:01:39 PM , Rating: 1
I won't buy Santa Rosa until a sucessor has been released for the Asus A8JS that offers decent discrete graphics in a 14.1" package.

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