CALISTOGA CA, is a small and pretty town at the north end of the Napa valley, wine lover’s paradise, and also (perhaps more relevantly) the codename for Intel’s mobile 945 chipset, which is not long for this world. While the 945GM will have a lease of new life at the end of this month with the launch of Merom and the refresh of the current Centrino Napa platform, details have started to leak to the world of the new Crestline 965GM chipset that will form part of the Santa Rosa platform. Intel has been beavering away trying to get the heat/power consumption down for the mobile version of the 965 chipset, and TDP is claimed to be 13.8W; quite a decent drop it might seem. For this you get 800MHz bus, support for 2 gigabit memory chips (allowing 4GB with 16 chips, or 2 SO-DIMMs), DirectX 10 compatible graphics, a 50% increase in video performance over Calistoga with a 400MHz clock, and finally a full 24-bit LVDS interface integrated into the north bridge.

North+SouthBridge
Total Power:

Calistoga

8.7W

Crestline

16.2W

Increase

86%

CALISTOGA CA, is a small and pretty town at the north end of the Napa valley, wine lover’s paradise, and also (perhaps more relevantly) the codename for Intel’s mobile 945 chipset, which is not long for this world. While the 945GM will have a lease of new life at the end of this month with the launch of Merom and the refresh of the current Centrino Napa platform, details have started to leak to the world of the new Crestline 965GM chipset that will form part of the Santa Rosa platform. Intel has been beavering away trying to get the heat/power consumption down for the mobile version of the 965 chipset, and TDP is claimed to be 13.8W; quite a decent drop it might seem. For this you get 800MHz bus, support for 2 gigabit memory chips (allowing 4GB with 16 chips, or 2 SO-DIMMs), DirectX 10 compatible graphics, a 50% increase in video performance over Calistoga with a 400MHz clock, and finally a full 24-bit LVDS interface integrated into the north bridge.

North+SouthBridge
Total Power:

Calistoga
    
8.7W

Crestline
    
16.2W

Increase
      
86%