Not pin-compatible with Intel Core 2 Duo for Napa, or Intel Core Duo T2500
Intel’s Santa Rosa platform is expected to launch in
1H’07 with new Socket P based Core 2 Duo processors.
Santa Rosa is the next major revision to Intel’s successful Centrino
mobile platform and will bring a new chipset and Intel’s Robson technology.
At the heart of Santa Rosa will be the upcoming Crestline GM965 Express
chipset with a fourth generation integrated graphics core that will be a
derivative of Intel’s GMA X3000 found on
Socket M still has some life in it, however. Before Intel launches Santa
Rosa early next year, Intel will release Merom processors in August which will run on current 945M and 945GM chipsets. This will be known as the Napa "refresh." Users should be able to use first-generation Merom processors in their current notebooks provided that their BIOS supports the new microcode.
Intel has not stated how long the new socket will last, although Socket M stuck around for more than three major CPU revisions.