In­tel’s first Sky­lake chips in­com­ing

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The first Sky­lake chips due to be avail­able later this year, re­ports

ancy a Mac or Win­dows 10 PC with In­tel’s new Sky­lake pro­ces­sors? That will soon be pos­si­ble: the com­pany will launch its first chips based on the new ar­chi­tec­ture this sum­mer. They will be branded ‘sixth-gen­er­a­tion core’ pro­ces­sors and, ac­cord­ing to In­tel, of­fer “great per­for­mance and re­duced power con­sump­tion”.

The chip­maker’s goal with Sky­lake is to make PC us­age more con­ve­nient. With that in mind, it has talked about the “wire-free” tech­nolo­gies in Sky­lake, so PCs could charge and trans­fer data to pe­riph­er­als wire­lessly.

Dell, HP and Asus have an­nounced that they will ship Win­dows 10 PCs with the new pro­ces­sor in the sec­ond half of this year. It’s not clear when the chip will reach Macs, and In­tel tends not to speak on Ap­ple’s be­half.

Some Sky­lake fea­tures are al­ready known. In June, Asus showed off Sky­lake allin-ones and mini-desk­tops, with sup­port for the new DDR4 mem­ory, USB 3.1 data trans­fer pro­to­col. The ar­chi­tec­ture also of­fer sup­port for Thun­der­bolt 3, a new tech­nol­ogy that runs on USB Type-C ca­bles and can trans­fer data at 40Gb/s (bits per sec­ond).

At the time of writ­ing, In­tel was due to shed more tech­ni­cal de­tails about Sky­lake at its In­tel Devel­oper Fo­rum. One in­ter­est­ing tech­ni­cal ses­sion was set to de­tail how to over­clock Sky­lake gam­ing desk­top chips. Another ses­sion was due to demon­strate

FAgam Shah

Sky­lake PCs run­ning Cor­tana and Win­dows Hello, a new Win­dows 10 bio­met­ric fea­ture in which faces, fin­ger­prints or eyes can re­place pass­words.

In­tel has hur­ried to get Sky­lake to PCs, so it can close the cur­tains on the trou­bled pre­de­ces­sor Broad­well chips, which were


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