[IDF15]Intel’s 6th Gen Skylake Unwrapped – CPU Microarchitecture, Gen9 Graphics Core and Speed Shift Hardware P-State

Intel has kicked off their IDF15 presentation in San Francisco and fully disclosed details regarding their latest architecture featured on the 6th generation core processors. Codenamed Skylake, the 6th generation processor family was introduced on 5th August at Gamescom 2015, when Intel officially launched their Z170 platform and kicked off the Skylake family with two unlocked processors, the Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K. Today, Intel has unwrapped entire architectural details involving their 6th generation Skylake processors.

Featuring improved performance, better power efficiency and faster graphics cores, the Skylake processors are the first mainstream family from any chip maker to be fully compatible with DDR4 memory while future processors are on the road and will integrate faster eDRAM based cache that will significantly boost/enhance performance while reducing latency so that applications work and load faster. Several key technologies are part of the Intel Skylake family that include faster memory, storage solutions, more PCI-E lanes, support for future NvME based SSDs and even Octane (3D XPoint) SSDs. The article we are compiling today will give you a brief insight on what Skylake is and what architectural changes were incorporated to make Skylake faster and more efficient than its predecessor.

Intel’s latest System-on-Chip (SoC) microarchitecture, code name Skylake. It is built on Intel’s leading 14nm process technology. This “tock” microarchitecture was completely redesigned to bring new IPs and integrations, great performance and reduced power consumption. via Intel

The analysis will revolve around the CPU microarchitecture details followed by the GPU architecture which was detailed yesterday, the several Hardware P-states and finally an insight into the new platform features that will be featured on Skylake desktop and mobility processors that are bound to launch in a few months time. For those interested in finding details on specific SKUs featured in the Skylake family, you may want to head over to the links for Skylake-U, Skylake-H and Skylake-S family. Those who want to read on the architecture details should visit the respective pages from the drop-down menu feature below:

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