The Register writes Intel's Santa Rosa platform won't solely be for notebooks, it will also be pitched at desktops HTPCs when it's launched in mid-Q1 to mid-Q2 2007.
'Desktop' is not quite the right word, of course, as we're talking living room systems. Crucially, the slides - posted by Chinese-language site HKEPC - claim Santa Rosa will "enable form-factor innovation", allowing manufacturers to offer Viiv-style entertainment PCs and ultra-sleek and mini systems for the home.
According to Intel's slides, Santa Rosa will deliver better acoustics - good for silent or near-silent systems - and enable thinner form-factors. The company admits the motherboard costs will be higher - approximately $95.88 to the $77.76 a board based on current Centrino technology costs - but with passive cooling and a superior integrated graphics core, overall system costs will be lower.