Intel Rolls Out 6th-Gen Core Processors -- Fastest, Thinnest Ever
The newest family of processors from Intel are the company's "best processor[s] ever," according to Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. Intel unveiled the sixth-generation line of Intel Core processors at a preview event today at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.
Built on a next-generation architecture, the new thinner and lighter processors (codename Skylake) will enable faster, less battery-draining performance across a wide range of devices, Intel said. Designed to help optimize features on Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, the family of sixth-generation processors is making its debut at the same time as Intel's new Xeon processors specifically for mobile workstations.
Intel said it had been developing the latest processor line for more than four years. The effort was aimed at delivering a number of improved capabilities, including faster start up, high-performance graphics, high-resolution video playback and "seamless," low-power responsiveness, the company said.
Tablet-Like Benefits, PC Performance
Intel's sixth-generation processors live up to the hype, Patrick Moorhead, founder, president and principal analyst at the tech advisory firm Moor Insights & Strategy, told us.
"I do believe this is Intel's best processor ever," Moorhead said. "They beefed up graphics exponentially, slightly improved CPU performance, added a processor to better deal with pictures, and did that at much lower power draw."
While Intel's new family includes different processors designed specifically for devices that include 2-in-1 convertibles, thin and ultra-thin clamshells, all-in-ones, mini-PCs and gaming towers, Moorhead said some users are more likely to notice the improvements than others.
"I believe notebook users, particularly those who want thin and light notebooks and 2-in-1s will benefit most," he said. "What is incredible is that you will see SkyLake-based devices that will have the best characteristics of tablets like long battery life, touch, fanless, and an app store with the best characteristics of a PC-like performance, multitasking, and large displays."
Support for Face Logins and 3D Imaging
The combination of the new processors' capabilities with Windows 10 and emerging hardware means "we are entering a new era of computing that will bring unprecedented experiences to consumers and business users," Skaugen said yesterday in a post on Intel's blog.
Compared to a five-year-old PC based on Intel Core i5-520UM processors, the sixth-generation processors provide performance that's two-and-a-half times better, a 30-fold improvement in graphics and triple the battery life, according to Intel. Collaboration during development between Intel and Microsoft has also helped optimize Windows 10 features like the Cortana personal digital assistant and the Hello login management system.
"[W]e all know that remembering multiple passwords is a hassle," Skaugen noted in his post. "We are committed to turning this vision of no passwords into reality, and with features like Windows Hello in Windows 10 paired with a 6th-Gen Intel Core processor-based system with Intel RealSense technology, you can use your face to securely and quickly log in to your device."
Other advances in Intel's RealSense Camera technology, when paired with the new processors, will allow users to scan and print objects in 3D, change backgrounds during video chats and take 3D selfies. The latest processors will also support wireless display, enabling users to more easily share computer content to TVs, monitors and projectors, Intel said.