Intel announces full Skylake line-up at IFA 2015

September 2, 2015 // 12:23 p.m.

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Chip giant Intel has finally revealed its full line-up of Skylake processors, detailing 48 individual models at an IFA 2015 presentation this week.

The sixth generation of Intel's Core processor family, Skylake brings with it a revised microarchitecture on a 14nm process node. The company has high hopes for its latest release, having already shown off the top-end enthusiast-grade models and now promising up to three times longer battery life and a 30-fold graphics performance boost for users upgrading from outdated five-year-old hardware.

The 48 chips which make up the initial Skylake launch span the spectrum of performance and power envelope requirements. The range starts with five new Intel Core Y-series models boasting a 4.5W to 6W thermal design profile (TDP), two cores with HyperThreading support, and a base frequency of 900MHz in the slowest Core m3-6Y30 model up to 1.2GHz in the Core m7-6Y75. This also reveals a new naming convention for the Core m family, which borrows the 3, 5, and 7 numbering convention from the Core i range. A final Y-series chip eschews convention, however, with the Pentium 4405Y differentiating itself thanks to a 1.5GHz clock speed and higher 6W TDP.

For devices with a larger thermal envelope, the range continues with ten 15W and four 28W Core U-series chips aimed at convertible and ultra-slim laptop devices. The 15W models range from the Pentium 4405U, a two-core HyperThreading-enabled 2.1GHz chip with Intel HD Graphics 510 to the Core i7-6650U with a 2.2GHz base clock, 3.4GHz Turbo Boost clock, and Intel Iris Graphics 540. The 28W range begins with the Core i3-6167U at 2.7GHz and tops out at the Core i7-6567U at 3.3GHz, with all featuring Intel Iris Graphics 550.

The laptop love continues with one K-suffixed multiplier-unlocked H-series and two Xeon chips for mobile workstations, all of which offer a 45W TDP. The Xeon E3-1505M v5 and E3-1535M v5, previously teased by Intel, offer four cores and eight threads at 2.8GHz or 2.9GHz respectively, with Intel HD Graphics P530 integrated graphics processors and 8NB of L3 cache. The Core i7-6820HK, meanwhile, is a quad-core eight-thread part running at 2.7GHz with Intel HD Graphics 530 IGP, designed for enthusiast laptop use.

Finally, the LGA-packaged S-series is covered with eight 35W, ten 65W, and two range-topping power-hungry 91W models. The 35W range will include dual-core two-thread Pentium chips, dual-core four-thread Core i3 chips, quad-core four-thread Core i5 chips, and a single quad-core eight-thread Core i7-6700T part running at 2.8GHz. The 65W range goes from a trio of dual-core two-thread Pentium chips to the dual-core four-thread Core i3, the quad-core four-thread Core i5 family, and the top-end Core i7-6700 quad-core eight-thread part running at 3.4GHz. The two previously-anounced 91W enthusiast parts are the Core i7-6600K quad-core four-thread 3.5GHz chip and the Core i7-6700K quad-core eight-thread 4GHz chip, both with Intel HD Graphics 530 on-board.

Full details on all the announced parts, including clock speeds and features, are available from Intel's factsheet (PDF warning.)
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