The Skylake architecture – the technology behind Intel’s new CPUs




Intel has early August, during the Cologne Gamescom, its first processors with the architecture Skylake released. Contrary to what we are used to, the Amer swine business with the release gave no details about the architecture free. Additionally, Intel introduced only two processors during the game fair: the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K, both focus on overclockers and gamers. The mainstream processors, such as the common-core processors for the desktop, and all mobile processors will be introduced only in September. Between the two releases in the annual Intel Developer Forum took place: it was the place where Intel details about the architecture of Skylake did revealed.

The gradual introduction of Skylake products is quite common for Intel, but we are not accustomed to the background information on the architecture to get so late. Thus, in the previous generation, Broadwell, first introduced the Core M-series, and some mobile and desktop versions followed. According to Intel, the background, however, still too early released on Skylake because the mobile processors have not yet been released. The design choices for the architecture would only come into their own as the performance of mobile products are known; Skylake is in fact above all an efficient architecture for mobile processors.

Skylake start to finish

When developing the Skylake-architecture a few years ago began, the development team was tasked to develop processors that were very similar to earlier generations. That is to say, a TDP-variation of about a factor of three, by a factor of two variation in physical dimensions and an I / O configuration for conventional PCs. Because the emphasis in recent years more and more on mobile came to be, changed those requirements considerably. For example, the TDP-range would be a factor of twenty, and the dimensions given a factor of four variation. The I / O configuration would be suitable for PCs, tablets and socs, focusing on a low idle consumption and efficient media playback. How Intel predominantly Israeli and Indian design team these requirements in the Skylake architecture has been processed, we will look at this background piece.

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