Intel Takes Wraps Off Santa Rosa Platform

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2007-04-17 Print this article Print

Intel's soon-to-be released next-generation mobile platform features new core logic, new CPUs and a new socket format, plus the first products based on the company's Robson cache technology. (ExtremeTech)

"Santa Rosa" is the latest iteration of Intels Centrino platform, and consists of core logic, networking and updated Merom CPUs, which will start arriving in laptop PCs in late spring. The new chip set is the mobile version of Intels G965 core logic, with enhancements added for improved power management, particularly of the graphics core.
The networking side has been updated to include 802.11n support, although final ratification of the latest wireless networking standard isnt expected until late in 2007.
Intel offers vPro for laptops. Click here to read more. Adding 802.11n should increase the range by a factor of 2 and improve throughput by 5 times, in ideal circumstances, over 802.11g. The new chip set also supports an 800MHz front side bus, and will see the use of a new socket format, known as Socket P. Socket P is not backward-compatible with the current socket used in for the Core 2 Duo mobile line. Read the full story on ExtremeTech: Intel Takes Wraps Off of Santa Rosa Platform Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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