Intel moves closer to Skylake launch date, new processor could drive three 4K monitors simultaneously

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Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 08:49
Category: Hardware, News, Processors


Intel’s getting closer to a launch date on Skylake, which might be a pretty drool-worthy processor.

The company in the meantime shared a variety of details about the platform. Skylake processors will, for instance, use a technology called Speed Shift to dynamically change power state and reduce consumption.

The processor will feature planned performance boosts, but will also use “eDRAM+,” a fully coherent form of cache memory that can work for the CPU and not just integrated graphics. eDRAM+ will also be used in more chips than eDRAM, and in 64- and 128-megabyte sizes.

A new extension technology, SGX — Software Guard eXtensions — should limit the potential damage of privileged malware attacks.

Perhaps the sexiest feature so far, though, will be the processor’s ability to drive three 4K monitors at 60 hertz, versus a single 4K monitor with the current Broadwell chips.

Skylake processors are expected to drive the next generation of Apple Macs, from the MacBook Air through to the iMac. Most updates will probably have to wait until next year however, since Skylake is only debuting later this year and most Macs have already seen a 2015 refresh.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and PC World

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