Santa Rosa?

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  1. giovanni.apd macrumors member

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    In a few of the (many) threads regarding Memron chips and the MBP I have read some people saying that waiting for the rumored Memron upgrade in september is a bad move considering the "santa rose" upgrade sometime earlier next year.
    I'm not asking if this is a bad move or not, I'm just wanting to know what exactly santa rosa is? Is it a location of an expo where something is rumored to be upgraded or is it component in itself that is to be upgraded?
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  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It's "Merom."

    Santa Rosa is the next-generation Centrino platform from Intel. One of the big things people are waiting for is the increased front side bus speed of 800 MHz, an nice improvement the somewhat-bottlenecked 667 MHz FSB in today's Napa platform.
     
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  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So Santa Rosa is an interim upgrade in between Merom coming out and Penryn (since Santa Rosa uses Merom)?

    Semi-OT semi-rant... where exactly did people start saying "Memron?" Merom is not a particularly unusual, hard to pronounce, or hard to spell name... and the only thing that I can find that's called "memron" other than the mistaken naming of the processor is some low budget movie....
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    My understanding is that Penryn will initially use the Santa Rosa platform as well.

    So it will likely go: Yonah/Napa --> Merom/Napa --> Merom/Santa Rosa --> Penryn/Santa Rosa

    Penryn is simply a 45 nm shrink of Merom, and it is expected that the next Intel architecture, Nehalem, will be released soon after that.
     
  6. macaddicted macrumors regular

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    So who's going to start the "Should I wait for Penryn?" thread.:D
     
  7. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I am so lost and confused its driving me insane!
     
  8. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    *sigh* some decisions in life are too hard to make!
     
  9. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Will the X3000 or even 965 (am I correct that they are both chipsets like the 945/950, or is the 965 graphics that would go on a X3000) possibly make it into the MacBook and Mini with Merom revisions this fall, or are they specifically linked to the release of Santa Rosa. I thought I had read that the 965 was already out, sporting 128 mb shared video over the 64 that the 945 and 950s have. (And yes I do know that under windows xp sees and can use the full 224, not just 64 and that the 965 has support for 384 not just 128 or something like that.)
     
  10. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    What's to be lost/confused about? Santa Rosa is the platform, Merom is the processor. Currently Apple uses a Napa platform with a Yonah processor chip. This chip will be upgraded to Merom. After that, in early 2007, the platform will be upgraded to the Santa Rosa platform.

    "Merom" "Santa Rose" etc. are all just code names, btw.
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You're not going to see the X3000/965 for a mobile platform until Santa Rosa in 2007.
     

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