Remember Intel Broadwell? You know, the CPU architecture that hasn’t even appeared in new PCs yet? That was so last week.
At IDF 2014, Intel talked up Skylake, which is the chip-maker’s next processor architecture after Broadwell, PCWorld reports.
Though both Broadwell and Skylake are based on Intel’s 14nm manufacturing process, Skylake will feature newly-designed CPUs that could pave the way for truly wireless computing.
Think about the cables you need to set up a PC or even a laptop, including video and USB wires. Computers with Skylake-based chips in them could eventually eliminate the need for such cables, allowing you to hook up a computer to a display, link up with peripherals, and transmit data between multiple devices without them. Wireless charging is also in the cards.
Of course, a new fleet of Skylake-based processors would also come with performance and endurance improvements, according to Intel.
“You should expect a significant increase in performance, battery life and power efficiency,” Intel exec Kirk Skaugen said during a presentation.
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Intel Broadwell chips were supposed to launch by now, but the company has ran into problems with manufacturing. It will be interesting to see whether Skylake CPUs run into similar roadblocks. Intel says that Skylake-based systems will launch sometime by the end of 2015.
In the interim, you can read up on the Core M and Broadwell, which is Intel’s latest CPU designed for laptops and tablets. It will start appearing in multiple new devices, including the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, beginning this fall.