Santa Rosa

  • Latest MacBook shows 15 percent jump in memory performance

    Calling last week’s MacBook update merely a “speed bump” may be accurate to the letter, but it doesn’t faithfully describe the spirit of the upgrade. Primate Labs, which makes Geekbench, a benchmarking application (surprise!), says that processor performance is only marginally improved. That makes sense: Apple only slightly increased the processor speeds, so… Read More

  • Maybe: New Santa Rosa MacBooks as early as tomorrow

    After a while, predicting the release of anything becomes a tautology. Take the MacBook. We’ve been seeing rumors about a revised model for several months now. The latest such rumors—it could be released as early as tomorrow, right in line with previous “early November” predictions—only serve to keep this prediction racket going. Could it be released tomorrow? Read More

  • Santa Rosa To Get HD DVD, Blu-ray Playback

    According to Intel mobile graphics spokesperson Mike Choi, Intel will begin using a third-party hardware HD DVD and Blu-ray decoder in some versions of Santa Rosa. Using a separate decoder will enable machines with cheaper integrated graphics to play high-definition media, while allowing Vista’s Aero interface to run smoothly and keep costs down. This will hopefully let more consumers… Read More

  • Apple Store Is Down

    Tuesday morning arrives and as of right now, the Apple online store is officially down for maintenance. The big rumors lately have been attributed to two items: the iMac and the Macbook Pro. We could see a completely redesigned iMac out later today featuring a brushed aluminum look. Or, we could witness the power that is Santa Rosa crammed inside a Macbook Pro. Who knows. No matter what… Read More

  • iMac Gets Dolled Up For WWDC

    Well, now that the iPhone release date hoopla is sort of over, let’s fire up the rumor mill about what’s coming our way at WWDC. Could it be a brushed metal iMac, ala Mac Pro, perhaps, with a Santa Rosa chipset? Doesn’t look like it’s the black iMac that was rumored last month. It’s buzzing around that the newest iMac will also be super sized to proportions… Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbooks Get Upgrade


    Panasonic announced today the launch of the Toughbook 52, which replaces their venerable Toughbook S1 of year’s past. As with previous Toughbooks, it’s designed to withstand spillage and droppage — this one can take drops of up to 2.5 feet on all sides without cracking a crack. However, this one improves over the last-gen by giving you some Santa Rosa chip action, a… Read More

  • AMD Preps Its Own Notebook Chipset, Due Mid-2008

    All the Santa Rosa news must have annoyed AMD and now it’s coming out a notebook chip platform of its own, code named Puma. The platform will consist of processors, GPUs and technologies, all of which are being configured to optimize battery and video performance. Puma’s still a ways away, with the first notebooks that use it coming out in mid-2008. Read More

  • ASUS Lambo VXS2 Lappy Getting Santa Rosa Treatment

    Not that anyone was scooping up the Lamborghini-branded notebooks from ASUS, but if you did, you might want to try returning it so you can hop on the Santa Rosa bandwagon. Word is that the new version of the laptop will be out in June and features plenty of goodies. A 15.4-inch display, 2.4GHz T7700 Core 2 Duo CPU, Blu-Ray drive, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics, integrated… Read More

  • Intel's Santa Rosa Explained in Excruciating Detail

    You may have been reading CrunchGear today wondering what in God’s name is all this Santa Rosa business about. Luckily the crew at Computer Shopper has a giant feature that explains what Intel’s new chipset is and what it means to you. They also have a bunch of in-depth reviews of Santa Rosa laptops that I wouldn’t even have the patience to come up with. They look at… Read More

  • Dell Latitudes, Too, Have Santa Rosa Fever

    Whether you like it or not, today is Santa Rosa Day, where all the king’s horses and all the king’s men pimp their new laptops that have Intel’s latest chipset. Dell is no exception and two of its business-centric laptops, the Latitude D830 and D630, stand on guard for thee. Since they’re intended for business customers they have (as build-to-order options, natch) a… Read More

  • Sony Introduces VAIO FZ Series

    Going crazy for some Santa Rosa action? Sony delivers the goods today with the new VAIO FZ series of laptops. These new notebooks go on sale in the next week or so and will retail between $1400 and up. Equipped with Blu-Ray drives and sleek designs, the new FZ series looks to be one of the better looking VAIOs hitting the market recently. Read More

  • Rumors: No Santa Rosa Macbooks But OLED On the Way

    According to my source who works with Apple, no Santa Rosa-related Macbooks or anything for that matter will be coming in the next few weeks or even months. Sorry. Not happening. Untrue. However, the OLED Macbook rumors seem to be true and our source says we can expect to see them within the next month. Extremely exciting news, I know. But hey, the iPhone is about a month away, so start… Read More

  • LG Launches Santa Rosa Laptops A Day Early

    We’ll probably never see these laptops on our shores, but it is important to note that LG is going nuts with the Santa Rosa laptops this morning, about 24-hours before everyone — including a company that begins with S and rhymes with “pony” — is getting their Santa Rosa laptops ready to roll out the door. Santa Rosa, for those not in the know-sa, is the fourth… Read More

  • Fujitsu Santa Rosa Laptops Coming Soon

    Some recently released documents on the FCC site have shed new light on the new Santa Rosa-based Fujitsu laptops, but it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you’d expect. The E-series lifebook gets an upgrade ala E8410/8490 with a Core 2 Duo T7700 2.40 GHz chip and 15.4-inch WUXGA/WSXGA or WXGA display. The A6020 laptop gets an upgrade with the same specs and is now the A6030. Read More