Intel has plans to not only use the Santa Rosa platform for notebooks, but to expand it to the Viiv branded desktop platform, DigiTimes reports:
However, Taiwan-based motherboard makers think that the high unit price of supporting processors could pose as a barrier to entering into the consumer desktop market.
PC makers such as AOpen, Sony and Shuttle have used mobile on desktop (MoDT) platforms to create small form factor systems targeted primarily at noise or space sensitive environments, such as SOHO and living room PC markets. However, these systems have found difficulty in expanding sales in to the wider desktop market due to higher costs, lower performance, and lower expansion options compared to traditional desktop systems.
The Santa Rosa Centrino platform is expected in the first week of May.