Intel’s Santa Rosa platform is shaping up to be quite a technology tour de force. We already know that Santa Rosa will feature Robson technology which incorporates flash memory into the motherboard to increase application performance and decrease boot/resume times. Santa Rosa will also feature a new network chip called Kedron. Kedron will have full support for the 802.11n standard (backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g) which should be fully ratified in time for Santa Rosa’s launch. Intel is also making its 82566MM GbE controller optional with Santa Rosa. While most low-cost manufacturers will probably forgo the GbE controller to save on costs, expect the lion’s share to spring for it. On the graphics side of things, we’ll see GMA X3000 and GMA 3000 which will offer faster clock speeds, Pixel Shader 3 and Vertex Shader 3.0 support, a hardware T&L engine and full support for Vista Aero Glass.
But that’s just the start. Santa Rosa will also have the option of wireless wide-area networking (WWAN) with its Windigo wireless chip. Although not all of the details are set in stone as of yet, we do know that Windigo will launch in Q2 07 and that it will support 3G networks. The protocols supported are still incoming, so we’ll keep you updated as we learn new information. Although Intel doesn’t require Windigo, make no mistake that most of the major players will incorporate it with their notebook designs. With companies like Dell and Lenovo looking to third party efforts to incorporate WWAN solutions into their notebooks, a solution straight from Intel should be a ripe for the picking.
As DailyTech has previously reported, Intel is looking at a holistic approach with its future communications. The company is looking to incorporate all of the major wireless networking protocols (i.e. WiFi, WiMAX, EV-DO, HSDPA, etc.) into one single chip which would go a long way in reducing component costs and real estate taken up on already crowded motherboards. The company is already taking steps to consolidate WiFi protocols with Kedron which will support 802.11a/b/g/n.