IDF SPRING 2007
Intel is very aware that mobile computing is the way forward and with a consistent double digit growth of the industry predicted until 2011 means it is a very lucrative market to get into.
Intel’s Israeli mobile guru, Mooly Eden, pointed out that whether it’s around the house or around the world, mobile phones are becoming a necessary personal item. The mobile phone caused a revolution in phone take up by creating an association between device and person.
Notebooks have the same personal association rather than being in a shared commodity. It allows a more personal and consistent computing experience rather than just being a limited time, fixed position household item.
If you've been living under a rock (or don't really follow mobile technology -- Ed
), Santa Rosa is the code name for Intel’s next generation Centrino notebook standard. It features a Core 2 Duo with an 800MHz FSB (up from 667MHz) and now has 4MB L2 Cache. Whilst the first inception will be released with a standard Core 2 Duo, the refresh will come with an updated 45nm Penryn CPU that offers all the extra internal gubbins we recently wrote about.
Also included on the Santa Rosa platform is the now standard use of the Mobile Intel GM, PM and GL965 Express Chipsets, of which the integrated graphics core has been boosted to include candence detection, more advanced de-interlacing and colour control: really nothing we haven’t already seen before from the big graphics boys.
Finally there’s the inclusion of draft 802.11n Wi-Fi and the inclusion of Intel Turbo Memory, previously known as Robson, which offers caching technology performance increases as well as simultaneously saving around 0.4W of power. This may not seem much, but it's yet another cumulative power saving of the new platform that will increase battery life.
The new Centrino Pro platform includes Active Management Technology at the latest version of 2.5, which enables corporate IT networks to secure and wirelessly manage a laptop. So next time those half a million personal details records are lost or stolen, someone in the IT department can brick the notebook remotely.
Looking beyond Santa Rosa, Montevina will feature the same Penryn processor but will use the next generation Cantiga chipset which will more than likely feature DDR3 and a DirectX 10 integrated graphics core. It won’t just have Wi-Fi but will also potentially have WiMAX as well, assuming it takes off at all.
Future LAN is labelled Boaz, and whilst there is no indication of the increased speeds yet, it is set to improve on security and management for future iterations of the business orientated Centrino Pro range. Finally, Robson will be updated to version 2.0, which by then will use far faster, larger and possibly specifically designed NAND flash modules.
For a far more in-depth look at Santa Rosa, check out an entire 8-page article dedicated to it at Trusted Reviews.
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