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Santa Rosa revs engine in region

Chip heavyweight Intel launched its latest mobile platform in the Middle East this week, claiming it would have a "profound" impact on notebook mobility.

Chip heavyweight Intel launched its latest mobile platform in the Middle East this week, claiming it would have a "profound" impact on notebook mobility.

First unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) last month, the next-generation Santa Rosa Centrino platform incorporates the vendor's Core 2 Duo microprocessor, 965 Express chipset and new Nand flash-based Turbo Memory - used to reduce start-up and recovery times.

The platform also supports the draft wireless 802.11n WiFi standard through Intel's Next-Gen Wireless-N Network Connection, greatly extending the range and speed of connections compared to the current 802.11g standard.

Rick Skett, Intel director of marketing for EMEA, said the combination of increased performance and reduced energy consumption, along with a faster and more stable network connection, made Santa Rosa a compelling offering.

"I think Santa Rosa is going to have a profound impact in helping people be more mobile," he told
IT Weekly

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Intel has made two versions of the Santa Rosa platform available: Centrino Duo for consumers and Centrino Pro for businesses. The business version includes the Active Management Technology (AMT) from the vendor's desktop platform, which allows IT managers to turn on, diagnose and repair a networked computer remotely.

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