New info on future Intel chips
A few weeks after we got the mobile version of Broadwell Intel has shared its plans for the year 2015. Of course the most important question is when we will get the desktop Broadwell chips and the answer is now here – in Q2 2015 and more precisely at the end of May 2015.
The desktop versions of Broadwell will work just fine in all LGA 1150 motherboards based on the Intel Z97 and H97 chipsets and will have four cores at most. Right now Intel says that all desktop Broadwell processors will be unlocked, which is great news for overclockers. Moreover these processors will have TDP of 65 watts.
Broadwell’s rule will be short and later this year Intel will present the so-called Skylake-S processor. Sadly the new chip will come in the LGA 1151 form factor, which means that if you want to use Skylake you will have to buy a new motherboard. The chip will also need a new chipset, which will be called Intel Z100 or something similar. Skylake will offer support for DDR3L and DDR4 memory but will not come with unlocked multipliers. The new chip is scheduled for Q3 2015 (likely end of July) and once released it will offer models with two or four processing cores. The TDP will lie between 35W and 95W, again depending on the model.
The high-end Broadwell-E platform will be released in early 2016 – it will have processors with six or eight cores, depending on the model and the TDP will reach 140 watts.
Finally we have the so-called Skylake-U and Braswell processors – Skylake-U will be mobile chips and will come out in Q2 2015. The chips will have two cores at most and will sport BGA packaging and TDP of 15-28 watts. As to Braswell – these will be BGA processors with TDP of 10 watts at most and certain models will have two or four cores.