Intel, yesterday announced the 6th generation of Intel Core processors, code-named ‘Skylake’, which will feature in tablets and PCs hitting the market in 2016.
Touted as Intel’s “best processors ever”, the Skylake family micro-architecture is a successor to the Broadwell micro-architecture. Intel follows a tick-tock strategy for innovation in which it alternates between improving on process technology and micro-architecture, every other cycle (about 2 years). As such, the Skylake micro-architecutre is building on already existing process technology from a previous cycle.
Lest I bore you with the details, what we will be seeing come 2016 are a new generation of Core i3, i5 and i7 devices in the consumer range which promise to deliver significantly better performance in key areas, including lower power usage and enhanced graphics that are 30 times better than the standard, delivering smooth gaming and video experiences.
According to Olubunmi Ekundare, managing director of Intel Corporation West Africa, “these are both critical issues in computer gaming, mobile workstations and other graphics-intensive markets that the new Skylake-based systems will be targeting. Also Skylake helps to solve some of the most nagging issues consumers have with PCs, securely eliminating older-style passwords and reducing wires with power, USB, and Thunderbolt over one tiny USB-C cable.”
Ekundare also notes that Skylake is the most power-scalable processor Intel has ever created with SKUs ranging from 4.5W to 45W, meaning that the new chips will benefit solutions ranging from stick PCs to mini PCs to tablets, convertibles, laptops, desktops and all-in-ones.
“Skylake is built on Intel’s 14-nanometer manufacturing process,” says Ekundare, “therefore, the electrical circuits on the chips are 14 billionths of a meter apart and that helps make them much more scalable.”
In addition, the new Skylake is optimized to work best together with the Windows 10, providing better overall experiences, removing computing frustrations, and providing more secure computing. The chips can start up a window 10 PC up to four times faster than the current PC owned by most people.