Intel’s new Skylake processors are due to be officially announced soon, and the expected early leaks have begun appearing. Slides detailing the new Skylake processors intended for the refreshed Apple MacBooks have surface, and it looks like there will be a significant increase in performance over the existing broadwell processors.
The leaked information has revealed that the new processors have a CPU performance boost of between 10- and 17-percent over the previous generation in single and multi-threaded applications, and will also feature Intel HD graphics that is between 16- and 41-percent faster.
At the moment, the slides correspond to the Skylake processors destined for use in Apple products; which is broken down into the Y-, U-, H- and S- series. The Y-, U-, and H-series processors will feature in the Macbook family, and promises up to 1.4 hours longer battery life. Reality may reduce that number, but it is an impressive improvement on a device known for an already substantial battery life.
The S-series Skylake that aimed at iMacs is promising low TDP, dropping from 84W to 65W. It will also feature an 11-percent improvement on CPU performance.
Intel’s Skylake is a new architecture built on the 14nm manufacturing process, and was expected to be the last generation before the switch to the smaller 10nm manufacturing process. However, it looks like the die shrink may have to wait a bit longer as Intel has announced that the successor to Skylake will also be built on the same 14nm; effectively skipping a beat on the Tick-Tock cycle and causing critics to declare the begin of the end for Moore’s law.