Intel Skylake 2015 Platform Details Revealed – Compatible With 100 Series Chipset And Supports DDR4, GT4e Graphics Chip On Desktop


Some interesting details regarding the next generation Intel Skylake platform have been revealed by VR-Zone. The details show that the x86 Skylake architecture which would be based on a completely new 14nm node will feature several enhancements and will be supported by a new chipset, details of which are provided below.Intel Skylake Platform Details

Intel Skylake Platform Details Revealed - Compatible With 100 Series Chipset

The first thing we are most excited to learn is that Intel Skylake processors would be compatible with the latest 100 Series chipset which will replace the (soon to launch) Z97 and H97 chipsets which will be part of 9-Series chip-sets. This means that the upcoming processors will require a new motherboard that features the 100-Series chip-set and we will probably see a new socket too that replaces the current LGA 1150 socket. This is good news but this also means that current users or those who are upgrading to Z97 soon will have to upgrade their PCs again moving in 2015 if they want to take advantage of the new processors and DDR4 memory.

It should be pointed that the Intel will launch their Haswell Refresh processors on 10th May followed by Devil's Canyon on 2nd June 2014 which is the codename for the Haswell Refresh K-Series featuring better TIM between the IHS and CPU die to circulate heat efficiency and better packaging components so that they can overclock to more extent as compared to Haswell. Soon after Haswell, we will see the launch of Intel's HEDT Haswell-E plat-form which will replace Ivy Bridge-E and introduce DDR4, X99 Chipset and the latest LGA 2011-3 socket based motherboards. Moving in 2014, we will see the first 14nm Broadwell processors for desktop in Q1 featuring the support on current Z97 chipset motherboards.

The platform roadmap pits Skylake desktop parts in 2015 which means that Broadwell would be short lived and we probably won't see a Refreshed platform like Haswell for Broadwell and instead move directly towards the Intel Skylake processors which will feature new architectural enhancements compared to Haswell and Broadwell.

Moving on with the details, there are several CPU configurations mentioned in the chart not only of Skylake but also Haswell Refresh and Broadwell. The configurations list the following:

Intel Skylake / Broadwell / Haswell Refresh Configuration Chart:

Haswell Refresh U (BGA) Haswell Refresh (LGA) Broadwell H (BGA) Braodwell Y (BGA) Broadwell U (BGA) Broadwell H (LGA) Sykake U  (BGA) Skylake H (BGA) Skylake S (LGA)
Cores 2 4 / 2 4 / 4 2 2 4 2 / 2 4 / 4 4 / 2 / 4
Graphics GT2 GT2 / GT2 GT2 / GT3e GT2 GT3 GT3e GT2 / GT3e GT2 / GT4e GT2 / GT2 / GT4e

Now these are interesting considering that Skylake will feature GT4e graphics in addition to support for DDR4 memory. Intel Skylake processors will boast a totally new architecture considering they are a Tock when it comes to the Intel Tick-Tock model. The GT4e graphics will feature graphics improvement with more execution units compared to Broadwell which from leaked details is said to mention 48 EUs on GT3e and 24 EUs on GT2 level processors. Broadwell will also be the first processor to introduce GT3e graphics with on-die eDRAM cache on desktop level. Haswell refresh series will also come in different variants such as H/Y/U/S series but will not have many improvements since its based on the same Haswell architecture which launched last year.

The most notable thing is that Intel will actually feature support for DDR3 memory on the Y and U series Skylake chips while the others including desktop processors will support DDR4 memory as confirmed several times before.

We will also get several new Wireless technology on the 100-Series chipset such as Snowfield Peak (WiFi + Blue-tooth) replacing Wilkins Peak, Douglas Peak (WiGig+ WiFi + BT) replacing Stone Peak and Maple Peak and the Pine Peak plus WWAN LTE chips (XMM 726x) replacing the WWAN XMM7160) for wireless connectivity.  Intel is also introducing the latest Alpine Ridge thunderbolt controller with Skylake pushing speeds of 40Gb/s, double that of last generation. For LAN, Intel will introduce Jacksonville to replace Clarksville.