Intel plans to push its Santa Rosa platform, scheduled for launch at the beginning of May under the notebook-platform brands Centrino Pro and Centrino Duo, as a Viiv branded desktop platform too, according to sources. 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.
Intel will launch Santa Rosa supporting Intel T7000-series processors, which support higher 800MHz FSB speeds, in the first week of May, according to the sources. These will carry the processor numbers T7100, T7300, T7500 and T7700 and have 1000-unit tray quantities prices ranging from US$209 to US$530.
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