Anonymous sources at Taiwanese notebook makers claim Intel will launch its next notebook platform, Santa Rosa, in March of 2007. This platform could boost global laptop shipments to more than 100 million units in 2007.
The article also seems to indicate that Intel's 64-bit Pentium M, the Merom, has been delayed to the first quarter of 2007.
Santa Rosa will be based on Intel’s forthcoming new dual-core notebook processor Merom which boasts 64-bit computing capability, said the sources, noting that the new platform will also feature enhanced wireless connectivity.
Intel and Taiwan notebook makers had originally targeted to roll out Santa Rosa-based notebook by the end of 2006, but have recently re-scheduled the launch date to March 2007, the sources noted, adding that the new schedule allows Taiwan makers more time to develop notebooks based on the new platform, while extending sales cycle for the recently launched Napa-based notebooks.
Intel notebook CPU and chipset codenames from 2003-2007