Intel Rolls Out Skylake Mobile, Desktop PC Chip Lineup

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-09-01 Print this article Print
Intel Skylake

The Skylake chips are impressive, particularly for what they will enable in mobile systems, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy. With processors that offer twice the performance of current chips and consume only 4.5 watts, Intel is enabling OEMs to build fanless notebooks and two-in-ones that challenge tablets in size and weight while giving the user full PC performance and graphics capabilities to run PC applications, he said.

"Where Intel put its investments is clearly in the low-power notebook," Moorhead told eWEEK.

Intel also is continuing to bring features to the processors that go beyond performance and power efficiency. For example, the company is introducing the Intel Speed Shift technology that improves the responsiveness in mobile systems by more quickly moving between low-power and full-power states. That capability, which at one time relied on features in the Windows OS, is now based in the chip.

In addition, the chips will enable more systems that use Thunderbolt 3 for USB Type C, which means they will need only a single port. Skylake also means that Intel's RealSense 3D camera technology will be available in a wide range of systems, from two-in-ones to notebooks to all-in-one desktops. The chips also advance Intel's vision of a wire-free computing environment, including the use of Intel's WiDi or Pro WiDi technology, which enables systems to wirelessly detect and link to displays such as a TV, monitor or projector, and wireless charging.

"It's going to be that simple," Skaugen said. "A wireless world."

Intel also worked closely with Microsoft to ensure the chips work with the various features offered in the new operating system. For example, devices that include the RealSense technology can pair the Windows Hello to enable users to securely log into the system using facial recognition. Meanwhile, Intel Security's True Key technology can enable users to log into devices and Web sites without having to remember a plethora of passwords. Intel officials are pushing to get rid of passwords, with Skaugen noting that the average person has to remember 28 passwords.

Moorhead, of Moor Insights, applauded Intel for its efforts to eliminate passwords, which he said are increasingly insecure—easy to be broken, and subject to human failure or human engineering.

"Now [with Windows 10 and the Skylake chips] you have a secure OS plus secure hardware built in," he said, adding that the security capabilities may convince many users who have older systems to buy a new one. "They're now deciding between riding their [older] PC for another year or adopting a brand-new one with hardware and software that is a whole lot more secure."

Intel officials said that over the next few months, more 6th generation Core chips will be released, including ones with the company's Iris Pro graphics technology and vPro chips for businesses and enterprises. In addition, Intel will launched its Xeon E3-1500M chip for mobile workstations, and will offer more than 25 products for the Internet of things (IoT) that will have seven-year lifespans and error correcting code (ECC) at different power-consumption levels.


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