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Santa Rosa may support 802.11n, WiMAX

A little over a year from now, we should see another update to Intel's mobile processor platform. Santa Rosa is due to launch in March of 2007 instead of late 2006 as originally planned.

Intel and Taiwan notebook makers had originally targeted to roll out Santa Rosa-based notebook by the end of 2006, but have recently re-scheduled the launch date to March 2007, the sources noted, adding that the new schedule allows Taiwan makers more time to develop notebooks based on the new platform, while extending sales cycle for the recently launched Napa-based notebooks.

The new chipset will have support for 64-bit enabled dual-core Merom processors and is expected to be bundled with an updated version of the Golan wireless chipset. With the recent ratification of the 802.11n wireless draft standard, it's possible that Intel would add support for the dual-band 2.4GHz/5.8GHz protocol in Golan 2.

With the release of Santa Rosa, notebook shipments are expected to top 100 million units globally in 2007.

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By jkresh on 2/8/2006 2:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
I would think Microsoft would have tried to push for a late 06 release for this platform, as having 64bit dualcore notebooks from both AMD and intel available for the launch of Vista would be beneficial. As while Vista will be perfectly capable fo running in 32bit mode, it will be better in 64bit (in terms of stability and security).

RE: Vista
By Questar on 2/8/2006 3:11:51 PM , Rating: 2
it will be better in 64bit (in terms of stability and security)

I'd like to see where MS has stated this. Link please.

RE: Vista
By jkresh on 2/8/2006 4:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
Well at least one stability difference is that they are requiring all 64bit drivers to be signed (while I realise this will be a pain for many smaller companies and even bigger ones that release lots of drivers), this shoudl lease to less driver faults that take down the entire system. I believe there are a few other changes, while most arent major and it will likely be the next OS before 64bit is required/standard buying a vista system that isint 64bit probably wont make much sense.

RE: Vista
By Questar on 2/8/2006 4:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
So somebosy couldn't write a crappy signed driver?

RE: Vista
By coldpower27 on 2/8/2006 3:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
The Napa platform can still plug in the Merom processors with 667 FSB to gain the capability to run EM64T.

Santa Rosa is designed to be an update to the Centrino platform with 800FSB, enhanced wirless, Golan2/Annadel with 802.11n support and the i965 Mobile chipset from what I remember, perhaps support for DDR2-800 thrown in as well.

RE: Vista
By Anemone on 2/8/2006 9:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not confirmed by Intel nor the vendors... fyi

First Glance
By littlebitstrouds on 2/8/2006 11:42:47 AM , Rating: 2
At first glance I thought there this chip was going to be dual core 2.4/5.8 ghz. I was like daaaaamn that's a nice jump.

On a side note... does anything ever have an initial launch date and keep it?

RE: First Glance
By Questar on 2/8/2006 12:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
What's interesting is this appears to based upon the notebook manufacturers asking more for more time to develop systems, and not a delay by Intel.

RE: First Glance
By DigitalFreak on 2/8/2006 12:36:11 PM , Rating: 2
Depends. I've also seen articles stating that Intel is delaying the launch so they can sell more Napa platforms.

RE: First Glance
By KristopherKubicki on 2/8/2006 1:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
Traditionally, every Centrino platform launches a year apart.

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