Intel officially announced its Skylake 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin. Optimized for Windows* 10, the new 14nm chips are capable of waking in about half a second and, compared to a PC from five years ago, they will deliver two and a half times the performance and triple the battery life.
But there’s more to the new 6th Generation chips than an iterative speed boost.
They can power more than just laptops
The Skylake 6th Generation Intel Core processors can be used in a variety of designs, including compact tablets, versatile 2-in-1 devices, ultra-thin laptops, hulking gaming towers, sleek All-in-One systems and mini PCs. The chip architecture is flexible enough to scale up in power for mobile workstations and down for smaller, plug-and-play gadgets like the Compute Stick.
They support USB-C/Thunderbolt
The new 6th Gen Intel Core chips also support Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C, dramatically boosting bandwidth and connectivity speeds. How much of a boost? Up to 40 Gbps — eight times faster than the existing USB 3.0 standard. Better still, a do-it-all USB Type-C connector incorporates DisplayPort, HDMI, power, USB, and VGA functionality.
They allow you to unlock a PC with your face
We’re all nervous about security these days, which is why 6th Gen Intel Core processors have been designed to work with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera technology. Use a RealSense camera with Windows Hello* and you’ll be able to use facial recognition to log in to your PC. Use RealSense with Intel’s True Key Technology and it will remember passwords for you.
They can handle 4K (and then some)
The new Intel 500 Series graphics hardware can deliver up to 40% better graphics performance and 20% faster 4K transcoding. In fact, with dedicated hardware support for 4K playback, the 6th Gen chips can drive up to three 4K monitors at 60Hz. At the recent IDF 2015 show in San Francisco, Intel demoed this functionality with an immersive, triple-screen gaming rig running a VRX-enhanced version of the iRacing video game.
They let you go completely wireless
Sure, I’m writing this article ‚wirelessly’ — my laptop is running on battery power and I’m connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. But if I want to plug my 5th Gen Intel Core laptop into a TV, monitor or projector, I’m going to need a cable. A 6th Gen device won’t need one, as it’s compatible with Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) technology from the get-go.
You’ll find 6th Generation Intel Core processors inside Lenovo’s new ThinkPad* E-series laptops (which also include RealSense) and its new Surface-rivaling IdeaPad* Miix 700.
Skylake silicon also powers the 4K Ultra HD display in the Toshiba Satellite Radius* 12 and can be found at the heart of the Acer Aspire* U5-710 all-in-one and armored Predator G6 gaming PC, showcased at IFA 2015. — Dean Evans (@evansdp)