Here's everything you need to know about Intel's new family of processors.
It is estimated that over 500 million computers used today are about five years old or older. Intel looks to change that starting with its latest family of processors. The company's 6th generation Intel Core processors promise to up the ante by delivering superior processing performance, using only the lowest energy levels to power a wider range of devices.
Whether it's a mobile device, a computer stick, an AIO, or a full-sized laptop computer, the 6th generation Intel Core processors can take things to a higher level, thanks to the new Skylake microarchitecture and Intel's 14nm manufacturing process.
Better in All Aspects
Better would be the perfect word for these new breed of chips. Intel says that the new processors are two and a half times better in performance compared to their predecessors, about 30 times better in producing seamless, smooth gaming experience, and have three times better battery life. And the chips are thinner and lighter, too.
Along with Intel's new Xeon processors, over 48 new processors are included in the 6th generation Intel Core processor family. As a summary, there are five 4.5W Intel Core Y-series processors, ten 15W and four 28W Intel Core U-series processors, six 45W Intel Core H-series processors, one 45W Intel Core H-series, two 45W Intel Xeon processors, ten 65W and eight 35W Intel Core S-series, and two 91W desktop Intel Core S-series chips.
The secret to Intel's latest chips is a new architecture called Skylake. Intel's engineers toiled for over four years to create new architecture that will deliver high processor and graphics performance, high-resolution video playback, seamless responsiveness for fanless systems, and low power usage.
The result is Skylake, which reportedly proffers a 40 percent improved performance, in addition to 4K video support. The new architecture enabled Intel to manufacture energy-efficient chips (about 60 percent more efficient) that are far superior than previous chips. This breakthrough led to the development of Intel's Xeon processors for mobile workstations.
Optimized for Windows 10
Intel had Windows 10 in mind when developing its 6th generation Intel Core chips. Together with Microsoft, Intel relishes an optimized and secure experience, thanks to 4K video support and a slew of features including Intel's SGX and MPX software.
It gets better with Windows Hello and Intel's RealSense Camera, which allows a faster and more secure user authentication and login process. On top of the advanced facial recognition system, there's also Cortana, which is Microsoft's personal digital assistant. Intel's new chips enhance Cortana's speech algorithm and voice activation capabilities.
Intel's 6th generation Intel Core and Xeon processor family will be used by OEMs across a broad range of devices. The first batch of devices will be out in the next few months, Intel said.
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