Intel will release 802.11n capable Santa Rosa chipset with or without final ratification

When DailyTech reported earlier this month that final ratification of the 802.11n wireless networking protocol wouldn't likely come until 2008, we wondered what the delay would mean for Intel's Santa Rosa platform. Santa Rosa, the next generation mobile platform from Intel, will feature Merom 2 processors, the Crestline motherboard chipset, and will feature 802.11n support courtesy of the Kedron networking chip.

Mooly Eden, VP and GM of Intel's mobile platforms group told CNET News in an interview that Intel will go ahead with plans to launch its Santa Rosa platform with draft 802.11n support. Releasing Santa Rosa with a draft standard networking chip could possibly lead to sporadic performance and a number of interoperability issues as witnessed by the latest 802.11n testing from eWeek.

Although the situation that Intel is being placed in and the uncertainty surrounding 802.11n technology is far from ideal, the company is confident that compatibility and performance issues with the draft standard will be worked out by the time that Santa Rosa is released in Q1 2007.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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