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Santa Rosa - Intel's Next Step To Mobility

As you know, this year Intel is going to release a new processor codenamed Merom. It will be a dual-core mobile CPU with low energy consumption that will replace Core Duo, the first mobile dual-core. Merom will be a 64-bit solution (x64 EM64T) with 4MB of cache and MNI - Merom New Instruction.

Merom will be supported by the recently released Intel 945GM and 945PM chipsets. This core logic series is scheduled for update to March 2007. Within the frame of Santa Rosa the company is to release a chipset with improved wireless technology - Crestine. It is also to support 800MHz FSB. Therefore, the performance of a Santa Rosa based notebook with Merom in 2007 is to be higher than the performance of a Napa-based notebook with the same Merom in 2006.

Another part of Santa Rosa will be a wireless chip codenamed Kedron that is expected to operate via 802.11n protocol. The future chips will support MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) for higher Wi-Fi throughput.

According to the source, a representative of Intel confirmed the Santa Rosa codename, but kept silence about its features. As we can see, the tradition of naming products after nearby locations goes on, as Santa Rosa is a city in California, USA.

Source: CNET, PC Watch

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