Lenovo will be among the first manufacturers to produce a computer using Intel's new Santa Rosa platform, which combines new motherboard, wireless and CPU chipsets. Buyers of the ThinkPad R61 will get GM or PM965 motherboards, and the processor will be one of several new Core 2 Duos, those being the T7100, T7300, T7500 and T7700. Bluetooth and 802.11n wireless will be another option, while the CPUs will top out at 2.4GHz, with an 800MHz front-side bus. Current laptops tend to have 667MHz buses.
A notable discrepancy with the R61 is found in RAM: while Santa Rosa should allow for 800MHz DDR2 RAM, the R61 will only make use of 667MHz modules, for a peak capacity of 4GB. The computer will however benefit from 1GB of Intel Turbo Memory, enabling faster loading times.
Graphics will again be dependent on the motherboard. With the GM965 buyers will be limited to integrated graphics, with a maximum resolution of 1280x800; it is only PM965 users who will see the full benefits of the platform, since they will get Nvidia's Quadro NVS, with 140MB of dedicated RAM and resolutions up to 1440x900.
Other features of the R61 include the option of DVD or Blu-Ray burners, as well as a choice between multiple version of Windows, including XP Pro. No pricing or release date information has been announced except that east Asia will the first to receive the laptop, starting next month, and Blu-Ray drives will not be available until July. [viaLaptoping]