Intel Debuts 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 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...

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