Skylake’s improved graphics and power efficiency
In the first part of this series, we discussed Intel Corporation’s (INTC) recent release of the Skylake processor on September 1, 2015. Intel’s management believes that systems with these new sixth generation chips—the chips Skylake processors use—will offer significant improvements in terms of performance, battery life, and graphics.
Skylake claims to offer up to 2.5 times the performance, three times the battery life, and 30 times the graphic performance compared with PCs only five years old. Chris Walker, Intel’s VP of notebook products, stated that, globally, approximately 500 million PCs are five years old or more.
Skylake processors also boast other fascinating features, such as sleekness and light weight, and the processors reportedly wake up faster and have much longer battery lives than their predecessors.
Speed Shift and RealSense features
In a previous series on Intel, we discussed how the company aims to revolutionize computer and human interaction through its RealSense Technology. Hewlett-Packard Company’s (HPQ) Illuminator is already equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D technology, and now Intel’s Skylake processors boast RealSense 3D cameras.
Intel’s RealSense 3D cameras optimize facial recognition and are likely to complement Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) new Windows 10 support for unlocking users’ laptops through facial scanning. They are also designed to aid in built-in support for wireless charging and displays.
Intel’s new Skylake processor also comes with Speed Shift, a power saving technology. Intel’s previous generation processors were dependent on Microsoft’s Windows operating systems to manage power. But now, with Speed Shift, Skylake can manage itself—all it takes is one millisecond to go into a low-power state, rather than the 30 milliseconds it previously required. This fast responsiveness enables PCs to switch rapidly from a low-power state to full performance, and back again.
To gain exposure to Intel, you can consider investing in the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) or the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK). Intel makes up about 19% and 3.55% of SMH and XLK, respectively.
In the next part of this series, we’ll discuss the Skylake rollout in greater detail, as well as Intel’s other rollouts on the horizon.