Intel is planning on launching a number of new CPUs based on its Skylake microarchitecture for the enthusiast PC market by the third quarter of the year. The leaked roadmap was recently posted on the Chinese version of our website.
The leaked roadmap shows that Intel’s earlier claim of not launching high-performance Skylake based CPUs this year may not hold true. The Skylake-S based CPUs will include the quad-core Skylake-K parts that will arrive with unlocked multiplier. These new CPUs will be aimed at those who want to overclock their systems for maximum performance, with up to 95W TDP on the most powerful model. All of these CPUs will be compatible with the LGA 1151 socket. They will be manufactured on the latest 14nm process, just like the Broadwell CPUs that were announced recently by Intel for notebooks.
Intel’s Skylake architecture will bring a number of new features to the table, including higher Instructions per clock (IPC), Thunderbolt 3.0 support (‘Alpine Ridge’ models only), DDR4 memory and native SATA Express. The first Skylake chips are expected to launch by the end of the second quarter, with the Skylake-U chipsets that will be targeted at mobile computing products with 28 and 15W TDP parts. These will be followed by the Skylake-S chips that will come with 35, 65 and 96W TDP.
The leaked roadmap also reveals that Intel will be launching the Broadwell-E series CPUs with six/eight cores by the first quarter of 2016, with a TDP of 140W. These will be the successors to Haswell-E series CPUs available currently and are expected to be the most powerful consumer CPUs in the market when they go on sale next year. Also expected later this year are the new Atom processors. The new Braswell based chipsets will succeed the Bay Trail platform and are expected to launch in the second quarter of this year.
Source: VR-Zone Chinese