At Intel’s Developer Forum 2014 in San Francisco we got to learn more about Intel’s new processor architechture, Skylake which is the successor to Broadwell.
Skylake is built on the 14nm technology and is schedule to debut in the second half of 2015. CEO Brian Krzanich showed 2 demos of the new architecture in 2 different form factors the desktop and a hybrid Notebook. The Desktop demo was running the latest version of Futuremark 3DMark. At IFA last week we got to go eye’s on the with Notebook it it looks like the first generation of the Lenovo Yoga 13, however, it is just a developer platform so we’re sure we’ll see many iterations over the next year until its released. Both the desktop and mobile version are available and look to be on track.
If you’re looking for some serious technical detail, there isn’t actually that much out there, Skylake will come in four variants: Skylake-S (SKL-S), Skylake H (SKL-H), Skylake U (SKL-U), and Skylake Y (SKL-Y). There is going to be a redesign in Skylake which is getting rid of the fully integrated voltage regulator (FIVR), which was introduced with Haswell processors, which means it will no longer included on the die.
If you’re a developer the Skylake software developer platform will be made available to developers in 1H 2015, if you’re waiting on devices that the 2nd half of 2015.