Santa Rosa coming in early May?

— 9:13 AM on April 3, 2007

Intel will unveil its next-generation notebook platform code-named Santa Rosa in the first half of next month, if a DRAMeXchange report quoted by DigiTimes is to be believed. The report says current vendor plans suggest that shipments of full and barebone notebooks will be a "major focus" of original design manufacturers at the end of this month, which would coincide with a new Intel platform launch shortly afterward.

Santa Rosa will come with a new 965 Express-based chipset and will bring native support for 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as Wireless WAN and WiMAX wireless networking technologies. Santa Rosa systems also will support Intel's Robson flash cache technology. Robson relies on the same concept as hybrid hard drives, but places flash memory on the motherboard itself, which should enable compatibility with any Serial ATA hard drive. The result, as with hybrid hard drives, should be shorter boot times and increased battery life.

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