Wednesday, April 25th 2007

Santa Rosa Laptops leaking out

Laptops based on Intel’s new Centrino platform Santa Rosa are starting to leak out, this time they’re from Lenovo (a few Fujitsu models got out last week). The new ThinkPads T61 and R61 are both based on Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors and use Intel’s Gm/PM965 chipset. Other specs include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista and Windows XP Pro, Intel’s new Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 IGP (for systems using integrated graphics), NVIDIA graphics (for other systems), 14.1” screens, Intel Turbo Card, smartcard support and full hard disk encryption. These laptops should be available from May this year, with a Blu-Ray version coming in July. Lenovo will also finally be removing the IBM branding from palm rests after acquiring Big Blue’s laptop division in 2005.Source: DailyTech
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Bird of Prey

One question, what is the Intel Turbo Card?
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WarEagleAU said:

One question, what is the Intel Turbo Card?

Goodbye, 'Robson', the codename Intel applied to its add-in Flash cache unit for notebooks. Hello, instead, Intel Turbo Memory, the go-to-market name for the system start-up acceleration system.

Intel claimed ITM will reduce boot times by up to 20 per cent and potentially half the time it takes frequently used applications to load. ITM connects to the host across the PCI Express bus and can copy data to main memory much more quickly than the hard drive can.

In the past, Intel has also touted ITM's power-saving benefits - if the data's coming from the Flash cache, the energy gobbling hard drive can be powered down for a bit, reducing the drain on the laptop's battery.

ITM will be offered to notebook makers as an optional add-on to the next generation of Intel's Centrino platform, aka 'Santa Rosa', due to go on sale in May.
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The new IGP is supposed to be much, MUCH better than GMA950, bordering on low-to-midrange cards currently available. I can't wait to see benchmarks.
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