Intel Introduced its 6th Generation Intel Core
2 September, 2015
This new processor was developed mainly by the Israeli team from Haifa. "We were asked to comply to a 4.5W power consumption limit. It seemed impossible"
This new processor was developed mainly by the Israeli team from Haifa. “At one point we were asked to comply to a 4.5W power consumption limit. It seemed impossible”
Intel Corporation introduced the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, code named SkyLake, it is also described by Intel as “the company’s best processors ever”. “6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver some of the most significant advancements in computing that we’ve ever seen,” said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group.
“New 6th Gen Intel Core-based systems are more responsive than ever with enhanced performance, battery life and security. And they can enable amazing new PC experiences like logging into your computer with your face and having a personal assistant respond to your voice. The combination of 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Windows 10 and beautiful new systems from PC manufacturers make this the best time ever to buy a new computer.”
No more old computers
There are over 500 million computers in use today that are four to five years old or older. They are slow to wake, their batteries don’t last long, and they can’t take advantage of all the new experiences available today. Built on the new Skylake microarchitecture, 6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver up to two and a half times better performance, triple the battery life, and graphics that are 30 times better. They can also be half as thin and half the weight, faster wake up time, and battery life that lasts virtually all day.
This generation includes several firsts for mobile designs: a mobile “K” SKU that is unlocked to enable overclocking with even more user control, a new quad-core Intel® Core™ i5 processor that offers up to 60 percent improved mobile multitasking, and the Intel® Xeon® E3 processor family now powering mobile workstations. New Intel® Speed Shift technology improves the responsiveness of mobile systems so people can, for example, apply a photo filter up to 45 percent faster.
The Haifa task force
This new processor was developed mainly by the Israeli team from Haifa, that also stood behind the successful Sandy Bridge. The head of the team, Shlomit Weiss, said during a press conference in Tel-aviv, that the project started about four years ago and faced many challenges.
“At one point we were asked to comply to a 4.5W power consumption limit. It seemed impossible. But by re-writing the micro-architecture and developing new concepts such as the Speed Shift Technology, we created a processor for 4.5W-45W mobile devices, and up to 91Watts for desktop devices.”
The new family is produced in a 14nm process, and appears in 2 main form factors: a processor chip for higher power applications, and a smaller SoC version in Multi Chip Package that contains both the processor’s silicon chip, and the chipst required to run a computer.
The 6th Gen Intel Core processor includes hardware to optimize Windows* 10 features’ and the True Key technology to deliver a secure experience for logging into devices and websites without the need to remember passwords.