Intel to offer Skylake chips in four versions
The current Intel roadmap is well-known to a large extent – the present Haswell generation will be soon replaced by 14 nm Broadwell chips, which on the other hand will be retired by the upcoming Skylake generation that will feature not only 14 nm production process but also a completely new architecture. Now we know that Intel will offer Skylake in four major versions.
We will not focus on the chips in particular as there’s no information on them as of now; instead we will discuss the flavors that you will get to choose among. Intel will offer four major versions – U and Y (energy efficient chips), H (high performance models for mobile devices and all-in-one computers) and S (desktop processors). The first two versions will get 20 PCI-E lines, 8 SATA 3.0 ports, USB 3.0 ports and SATA Express, while the third and fourth models will rely on chipset logic to do the same; in addition they will have DMI 3.0 interface.
All Skylake chips will support dual-channeled memory but the energy efficient U and Y models will support only one DIMM module per channel while the H and S processors will support two memory modules per channel. The U and Y models will come with strictly two computational cores and will support LPDDR3-1600 memory. The Y chips will have GT2 integrated graphics and TDP of just 4 watts while the U line will have several modifications – chips with GT2 graphics will have TDP of 15 watts, while processors with GT3 graphics and 64 MB of EDRAM memory will be available in TDP of 15W and 28W. These Intel products will support DDR3L and DDR3L-RS-1600 memory.
All H Skylake chips will have four cores, GT2 or GT4 graphics and TDP of 35W or 45W. These processors will support DDR4-2133 memory. As to S chips – they will have a few modifications too – users will be able to choose among versions with two cores and GT2 graphics, four cores with GT2 graphics and four cores with GT4 graphics. Depending on the version the S chips will feature 35W, 65W or 95W TDP. These processors will work with DDR3L-1600 and DDR4-2133 memory. They will come in LGA 1151 form factor unlike the U, Y and H chips that will be available in BGA form factor only.
Source: CPU World