Intel’s first Skylake chips incoming
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
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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