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.