BERLIN: INTEL HAS OFFICIALLY RELEASED the full product SKU line-up for its 6th-generation Core processor family, based on the 14nm Skylake architecture.
Until now, Intel had unveiled only desktop models of its new quad-core chip designs, the Skylake-K variants comprising the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K aimed at gamers and computing enthusiasts.
Intel said at the launch that the rest of the product family, which will make up the bulk of Skylake processors, will arrive later this year. And here they are, announced at IFA 2015, with new offerings across mobile and desktop machines.
The desktop family comprises a Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 line-up aimed at all types of desktop devices across the market, from gaming towers, traditional PC towers, all-in-ones, mini PCs, portable all-in-ones and the Intel Compute stick.
These processors promise up to 60 percent better performance over the last 5th-gen Core chips, with 6x faster 4K video transcoding, 11x better HD graphics performance, and the ability to be overclocked via full range base clock tuning.
For mobile devices, Intel has released three types of processors: the 4.5W Y-series with Intel HD graphics 515 aimed at "great performance in 2-in-1s and detachables"; the 15W U-series with Intel HD Graphics 520 for "thin and light powerful systems"; and the most powerful 45W H-series with Intel HD Graphics P530 for "the ultimate mobile experience".
These processors promise to offer more than double productivity at a quarter of the thermal power over the 4th-gen Core chips.
Intel has also updated the Core M chip in its 6th-gen Core chip line-up which promises double the performance in "leading tablets" and mobile devices with 14 percent better graphics since the previous generation and up to 10 hours battery life on Windows 10.
The chips also support DDR4 memory at up to 2133MHz, or DDR3 at 1600MHz in two memory channels, with two DIMMS per channel. These can be fitted with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory.
What's special about Skylake is that it is the first mainstream Intel desktop platform to support DDR4 memory, and is claimed to deliver 30 percent better performance than a three-year-old PC based on Ivy Bridge architecture, 20 percent better performance than a two-year-old PC (Haswell), and 10 percent better performance than a one-year-old PC (Broadwell).
Skylake is the successor to the chipmaker's Broadwell architecture, and was first put on the radar at Intel's Developer Forum last year when the firm previewed the chip, touted to deliver significant increases in performance, battery life and power efficiency.
Processors based on the Skylake architecture have a new chip design, despite being fabbed on the same 14nm process as Broadwell, making Skylake a 'tock' iteration in Intel's 'tick-tock' chip architecture cadence. µ
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