Intel Says Skylake PC Chips to Launch in Second Half of 2015
According to Intel's Skaugen, along with the improvements in performance and power efficiency, Skylake will be a key step in the chip maker's efforts to get rid of cables used by PCs, and to eliminate the need for passwords. Intel officials have been talking for months about creating a wire-free computing environment, including leveraging the WiGig wireless technology to offer faster speeds than WiFi 802.11ac and to enabling computing systems to automatically wirelessly link with monitors and other peripherals. In addition, it will mean enabling systems to wirelessly charge through a standard based on Rezence, which is being developed by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). Intel officials demonstrated wireless devices that were being charged via a device attached to the bottom of a table. Skaugen said Intel envisions wireless charging stations leveraging Rezence being found in a broad range of places, from homes to coffee shops, and said it could be as important as when Intel introduced its Centrino mobile technology in 2003, which helped drive the acceptance of WiFi. Insight 64's Brookwood agreed. "They drove that," he said, noting that Intel helped put WiFi hotspots in places all around the country, and that those places that did have the hotspots often sported the Centrino brand on stickers. "If they can do the same with wireless charging … that could be very big." Regarding passwords, Skaugen said the company wants to eliminate the need for them by 2015 and more towards the use of biometrics and face recognition technology.Intel officials also said the company was working with Google to create a reference tablet for Android. Doug Fisher, corporate vice president and general manager for Intel's Software and Services group, said system makers will be able to leverage the Intel Reference Design for Android to get their own designs to market more quickly. At the same time, it will give Intel a vehicle for getting its own technologies into more Android-based tablets. Among the technologies is the chip maker's RealSense 3D camera software, which enables cameras to capture depth in photos and can do such things as allowing the focus of the photo to be changed after it's taken. It also allows for accurate measurements of objects and distances in the photos. The technology was demonstrated on Dell's upcoming Venue 8 7000 series, a thin tablet (at 6mm) with an 8.4-inch screen and a dual-core Atom processor inside. CEO Michael Dell, taking the stage with Intel's Krzanich, said the device will be available in November. "I'm really excited by [the innovation] coming back to the PC space," Michael Dell said. Intel also announced that its Xmm7260 LTE modem is shipping in Samsung's Galaxy Alpha smartphone in Europe and other markets.
In addition to Skylake, Intel officials said the company was on schedule to meet its goal of shipping 40 million tablets powered by Intel chips by the end of the year.