INTEL HAS UNVEILED a new version of its 6th-gen Core family of chips aimed at enterprises.
Launched today, 6th-gen Core for business comprises a choice of the same Skylake chips revealed last year, as well as Intel vPro chips, but packaged up and targeted for business users with new features and a full business device refresh that will see new form factors.
The 6th-gen Core chips remain largely the same, particularly in terms of specs, but one of the biggest new features is the integration of Intel Authenticate, a solution that has been designed to make business systems more secure.
Authenticate is built onto the 6th-gen Core platform and is designed to "dramatically improve identity security" via true multifactor authentication technology. This sees user information, IT policy and credential decisions stored in computer hardware, making it harder for hackers to penetrate systems in the cloud.
The Intel Authenticate firmware can properly identify those trying to access systems and protect authentication factors, such as PIN entry, proximity Bluetooth and biometrics, being accessed by the wrong people.
Another feature new to the 6th-gen Core is Intel Unite that looks to expand workplace transformation solutions by doubling the offering of wireless and wired docking designs.
Intel said that Unite will "transform existing conference rooms" by bringing together the firm's Core vPro processor functions and wireless capabilities so that workers can interact with meeting content in real time from any location. It is said to make life much easier for the average employee to work seamlessly between the home and the office.
The Core chip family was revealed at IFA in Berlin last year and is made up of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 chips aimed at all types of desktop devices across the market, including 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 previous 5th-gen Core chips, with six times faster 4K video transcoding, 11 times better HD graphics performance, and the ability to be overclocked via full range base clock tuning.
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 unveiled at Intel's Developer Forum last year. It is 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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