Intel launches ‘Santa Rosa’
Santa Rosa brings many new features to the mobile market including Dynamic Acceleration, Turbo Memory, NAND flash technology and 802.11n networking. The thing that stands out about Santa Rosa is that unlike previous Centrino platforms, Santa Rosa operates on a 800MHz Bus (previous offerings were on a 667MHz bus). Although Santa Rosa is still 65nm, Intel has introduced Super Low Frequency Mode (Super LFM) and Enhanced Intel Deeper Sleep to reduce power consumption when idle.
The current chipset used with Santa Rosa is essentially a mobile re-spin of the current 965 express desktop chipset. Dubbed the Mobile 965 Express, the chip supports 10 USB 2.0 connections, three 3Gbps SATA ports and six PCIe x1 lanes. The Mobile 965 Express also adds support for Intel’s GMA X3000 graphics solution. The X3000 is clocked at 500MHz and supports DirectX 10 and shader model 3.
Don’t forget that early next year Penryn, Intel’s 45nm mobile alternative will be hitting shelves. But until then it’s Santa Rosa all the way.