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The first non-static "Santa Rosa" platform
ECS gives a glimpse into the future

When DailyTech stopped by ECS's Computex booth today, we found a notebook sitting by itself with no name tag or description whatsoever. We asked a few ECS reps if they had any inclination as to what was powering this mysterious 15.4" notebook, but no one knew its true identity -- that is until we grabbed an ECS Asia Pacific (APAC) Notebook Product Manager. He informed us that the nameless notebook was based on Intel’s upcoming Santa Rosa platform which replaces Napa.

Intel's Santa Rosa platform, which is due out in Q1 2007, supports Merom-based Core 2 Duo processors. Santa Rosa will also use a new wireless networking chip codenamed Kedron to replace the venerable Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG card. Kedron will be based on the 802.11n networking protocol and will be backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g. The Santa Rosa platform will also feature Robson technology. Robson allows NAND flash memory to be used on the motherboard to cache critical OS system files. As a result, boot times are decreased 4-5 times that over current systems.

It should be interesting to see how much battery life and performance can be increased by using Robson technology in addition to flash-based hard drives as demonstrated by Samsung. The future is definitely looking bright for us mobile users out there.

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RE: oops
By Trisped on 6/6/2006 3:54:20 PM , Rating: 2
While suspend and hibernate are nice for power management and ease of use, there is still the issue of power drain in suspend and problems with some drivers/software developing bugs. If you aren't going to use the computer for a few hours you are better off shutting down. Boot/load time is annoying thought.

RE: oops
By TomZ on 6/6/2006 5:17:49 PM , Rating: 2
But if you have no problems with suspend/resume, then why not use it, especially if the laptop is plugged in? There's no point avoiding using a feature unless is it not working on your system, out of some fear of it failing. Obviously you wouldn't suspend with unsaved documents. All suspend is really saving is your general operating state, and therefore avoids boot time. If your suspend fails, then you have to reboot anyway, so nothing lost.

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