Intel on Wednesday formally released its long awaited “Santa Rosa” platform, the platform offers faster Core 2 Duo processors and chipsets, improved graphics, stronger wireless signals, and increased battery life.

In the light of the release multiple PC manufacturers have begun releasing Santa Rosa based PC laptops.

Gizmodo claims that a Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro could be coming as early as next week, even though the site admits that the rumour is “informed speculation” received through a channel partner.

AppleInsider claims that a Santa Rosa MacBook Pro is expected in the second quarter of the year, featuring an 800MHz FSB, and will pack the newer Core 2 Duo processors ranging up to 2.4GHz with 4MB L2 cache.

It should be noted that the release of a new platform from Intel does not necessarily mean Apple will follow suit and upgrade its machines. When Intel unleashed Core 2 Duo’s Apple waited several months before putting them into Macs.