Intel releases Skylake

Sky-and-lakeChipzilla has released most of its 6th generation Core processors which should be finding their way into PCs by next month.

Intel spilled the beans on the Skylake-K variants aimed at gamers, last month. Now, the firm has added to the list Skylake-U aimed at thin-and light laptops; Skylake-H for high performance systems; and Skylake-S which brings “desktop performance” to value-level systems, all-in-ones and mini PCs.

Last but not least there is the Skylake-Y, for the Core m7, m5 and m3 mobile chips for tablets, 2-in-1 systems and Intel’s Compute Stick.

For those who came in late, Skylake uses the same 14nm process as the previous Broadwell generation, but introduces a new and improved microarchitecture.

It is supposed to have  boosts in performance and battery life along with support for new capabilities, such as Windows Hello and Cortana in Windows 10.

Intel said that Skylake will offer up to 2.5 times the performance and up to three times the battery life of older generations of PC hardware. These comparisons are typically based on three-year-old systems.

Also in the mix is DDR4 memory, along with enhanced Intel HD graphics offering up to a 30 times improvement in performance, support for high-speed PCI Express storage via Intel’s Rapid Storage Technology, and capabilities to support new features in Windows 10.

Among these is an integrated Image Signal Processor that accelerates processing of data from cameras, and helps to enable the Windows Hello password-free sign-on in Windows 10.