No doubt, arrival of notebooks based on the new Centrino Duo platform version is a big event for the market. The mobile platform concept introduced by Intel in 2003 has already proven its efficiency. But the manufacturers need to continue moving forward to keep the users happy. By combining a few evolutionary improvements of the previous platform versions with a number of innovative technologies Intel managed to maintain steady interest to the brand on the one hand and to bring its consumer qualities on the new level on the other.
Today’s Santa Rosa platform allows building a wide range of various mobile computers including high-performance ones with the speed approaching that of pretty decent desktops. Especially, since the launch of mobile Core 2 Extreme processors means that gamers and enthusiasts will very soon be able to switch to mobile platforms, too.
The main advantage of Santa Rosa platform over its predecessors is the faster 800MHz processor bus. As a result the performance in applications working with memory a lot has increased dramatically. However, we shouldn’t also forget about some other innovations expanding the capabilities of mobile platforms. I am sure that many of you will be excited about the new graphics core and fast wireless 802.11n network support.
The new platform has not only contributed to the evolutionary performance growth of contemporary notebooks, but also increased their mobility even more. Thanks to new power-saving technologies introduced in the processor, chipset and graphics core, today’s notebooks can last longer on battery than their predecessors. The arguable Turbo Memory technology is also adding to the longer battery life.
Summing up everything we have just said, we can state that Santa Rosa platform accumulated a critical amount of evolutionary improvements so that the notebooks based on it have become worth our best recommendations. Although we shouldn’t forget that progress keeps going and in the beginning of next year Intel will refresh Santa Rosa by adding more economical and high-performance 45nm Penryn processors to it. And is another quarter we will also see the new Montevina platform in the flesh.