Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has just begun supplying certain of its quickest mobile chips till now, which means that new powerful laptops should soon be available. The new microchips include mobile Xeon chips directed to portable workstations utilized by engineers as well as Core i7 Skylake processors.
The quickest of the group at a speed of 2.8GHz is the quad-core Core i7-6970HQ having 8MB of cache and prices at $623. Other fresh Skylake parts are the Core i7-6870HQ as well as the i7-6770HQ.
The chips ought to be Intel’s quickest for laptops until it launches its upcoming Extreme Edition gaming chip that will also be derived from Skylake. The Skylake processors are produced utilizing Intel’s state-of-the-art 14-nanometer procedure. In 2015, Intel released two Xeon chips for mobile workstations utilized for CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing). It’s now releasing three more.
After the Skylake launch is the planned chip release of Intel’s Kaby Lake in late 2016. In 2007, Intel outlined an ambitious yet achievable plan for future chip launches. Every fresh generation of Intel processor would alternate between contracting the previous generation’s architecture and showcasing a new architecture design. Haswell debuted in mid-2013 as a fresh 22-nanometer architecture with more functionality and superior performance. The Haswell design was contracted to 14nm where it was called Broadwell.
In 2014, Intel was having issues contracting the Haswell die and launched the Haswell Refresh. It had just three chips one for each of the core i3, i5 and i7 ranges all unlocked and derived from the Haswell architecture.
Kaby Lake is in the same precarious position. Its launch is too close to Skylake for a complete architecture redesign but mostly will have a wider range of offerings than the Haswell Refresh. As per sources, The Kaby Lake update is directed at delivering certain new optimization and connectivity benefits to the range. Other changes expected are PCIe support, expanded encoding and USB 3.1 as well as HDMI support. Windows 10 will be the sole version of Windows that will operate on a Kaby Lake chip, a significant change for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) as well as Intel.
The future is not looking good for Intel. While architecture changes deliver new enhancements and features, shrinking the die will only become more challenging.