Intel introduces entire 6th-Gen 'Skylake' processor family optimized for new Windows 10 devices

Kellogg Brengel

Last month, Intel unveiled the first of the sixth generation “Skylake” processors. These two chips were just focused on PC enthusiast and gamers who are looking to overclock their desktop PC’s. But today at IFA, Intel introduced the rest of the Skylake family that will power just about every other type of device with their refined 14 nm architecture.
Intel announced today in all 48 new Skylake processors that will be powering the next generation of devices, everything from PC-on-a-Sticks to tablets, 2 in 1’s, laptops, PCs, and gaming rigs. The chips introduced today included:

  • Five 4.5W Intel Core Y-series processors for small-screen 2 in 1 detachables and 2 in 1 convertibles.
  • Ten 15W and four 28W Intel Core U-series processors for 2 in 1 convertibles and ultra-thin clamshells.
  • Six 45W Intel Core H-series processors for thin clamshells and large-screen notebooks.
  • One 45W Intel Core H-series unlocked mobile K SKU for enthusiast notebooks.
  • Two 45W Intel Xeon processors for mobile workstations.
  • Ten 65W and eight 35W Intel Core S-series processors for gaming towers, stationary All-in-Ones, and mini PCs.
  • Two 91W desktop Intel Core S-series processors for overclockers and gaming enthusiasts

In their announcement, Intel also paid special attention to highlighting the next generation of Core M chips; the ultra low power consuming chips that enable a thin and fanless mobile devices like the Yoga 3 Pro or the new MacBook. While Core M remarkably enabled a thinner form factor, it’s performance left something to be desired. Now Core M will include more powerful chips, and a variety of levels similar to the iCore levels, with a Core m3, m5, and m7.
In more proof after all these years that the ‘Wintel’ relationship is still alive and well, Intel also stated that they partnered with Microsoft to “optimize Windows 10 experiences on 6th Gen Intel Core-powered systems and deices.” This included, for example, working with Microsoft on Windows Hello using their RealSense Camera and Cortana voice activation capabilities.
The broad range of processors introduced today will power new Windows 10 powered PCs and possibly new device categories as Intel continues its march with the 14nm manufacturing process to deliver more powerful chips that require less energy, less space, and generate less heat.