Our Best Processor Ever

Today is an exciting day, not only for Intel but the technology industry at large, as we introduce the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family. It is – hands down – Intel’s best processor ever, and with the near-simultaneous debut of Windows 10 and exciting new hardware, we are entering a new era of computing that will bring unprecedented experiences to consumers and business users.

Since starting with Intel more than 20 years ago, I am continually amazed by the way technology has become integrated into almost every facet of our lives. From a voice-activated digital assistant who keeps me organized in the morning, to a full PC that now fits in my hand, the upgrades in hardware, software, form factors and features are the result of a new wave of innovation.

Today is a significant moment as 6th Gen Intel Core brings previously niche and fringe experiences to the mainstream. Beyond offering leaps in performance, graphics, security and power efficiency, the latest processor family brings an immersive computing experience that will forever change our relationship with technology. And for that reason alone, there truly never has been a better time to buy a new computer. These experiences put the “personal” back into PC.

People will have their pick from the broadest range of Intel-powered devices the industry has seen yet – from a 4-inch pocket-sized compute stick to a 34-inch All-in-One desktop and everything in between. There really is something for everyone. These sleek, scalable designs will be thinner than ever, are capable of starting in about half a second[i], and offer up to two and a half times the performance and triple the battery life[ii] when compared to the computers many people currently have at home.

5-year-old notebook compared to 6th Gen Intel Core 2 in 1

5-year-old notebook compared to 6th Gen Intel Core 2 in 1

We think the features unlocked by 6th Gen Intel Core will redefine the computing experience as we know it. The average person has 28 passwords, and the most common passwords are things like “12345” and even the word “password”! Not exactly secure, but we all know that remembering multiple passwords is a hassle. We are committed to turning this vision of no passwords into reality, and with features like Windows Hello in Windows 10 paired with a 6th Gen Intel Core processor-based system with Intel® RealSense™ technology, you can use your face to securely and quickly log in to your device. Another way we’re advancing this vision is with True Key™ from Intel Security, which uses biometric authentication, including facial recognition, to securely log into devices and websites.

What about wires? Thankfully, gone are the days of scrambling to the find the nearest outlet to “plug in” or huddling around the only outlet in the airport to charge up before your long flight. With 6th Gen Intel Core processors, we’re extending the battery life on devices[iii] so you can consume 10 hours of your favorite shows, and we are busy inventing technology to wirelessly charge your PC so you can really keep your power brick at home. We’ve also made it easier than ever to wirelessly display content from a 2 in 1 or laptop to a TV screen or monitor with Intel WiDi, and WiDi Pro for business and enterprise users, and our recently announced Intel UNITE™ platform.

The new 6th Gen Intel Core processors also boast significantly advanced graphics. When combined with extended battery life[iv] and new advances in form factors, people can enjoy hi-def and 4K videos like never before. The videos look stunning and they run smoothly without glitches. Avid gamers can now also take their favorite games with them without compromising their visual or performance experience.

We are working closely with our OEM partners to deliver even more experiences in thinner, lighter and more powerful devices. Our Intel RealSense technology has matured since we announced it at CES last year, and we’ve integrated Intel RealSense depth-sensing camera technology into laptops and All-in-One desktops for front-facing usages like background removal for video chat or gaming. And we’ll continue to expand the variety of devices, apps and new ways to use this technology in the future. We’re also excited to offer an Intel RealSense Camera for world-facing usages on 2 in 1s, tablets and detachables. This opens up a whole new range of options, such as 3-D scanning yourself for use on social media or inserting your face into an online game character, scanning an object to print on a 3-D printer or place into a game, and easily editing photos and videos by focusing on the foreground or removing the background in real time.

A great computing experience demands that hardware and software are in harmony, and we collaborated closely with Microsoft to make sure that is the case. The near-simultaneous introductions of Windows 10 and 6th Gen Intel Core enabled us to optimize the architecture for the software – and vice versa. By pairing our best processor ever with Windows 10, we have created an ultimate solution that will make the computing experience more seamless, natural and secure. Simply speak to your 6th Gen Intel Core processor-based computer via Cortana, and you’ll get help with dinner reservations, get the latest weather forecast, or be reminded it’s your turn for carpool. Intel helped make this possible by implementing speech algorithms, voice activation capabilities and improved microphones to enhance the Cortana experience. As I noted, Windows Hello can use the Intel RealSense Camera to enable secure biometric login. Just two examples of Intel and Microsoft working together to deliver a great experience to people buying new 6th Gen Intel Core systems.

6th Gen Intel Core processor

6th Gen Intel Core processor

The introduction of 6th Gen Intel Core marks a monumental time for us all. We developed this technology to bring people unparalleled experiences and the power, performance and battery life they expect from Intel. Given that there are over 500 million computers in use today that are four to five years old or older without these capabilities, now is the perfect time to upgrade. While I hope and expect to be even more surprised by technology in the future, today I am extremely proud of the years of work by Intel, Microsoft and our OEM partners for setting a new standard in personal computing.

 

 

[i] Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at http://support.intel.com
[ii] 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6200U (43WHr batter size) to a 5-year-old PC based on Intel Core i5-520UM (62WHr battery size): 2.5x better performance (SYSmark*2014), 3x better battery life (Windows* 10 on i5-6200U and Windows 7 on i5-520UM)
[iii] Projection Intel Core M7-6Y75 for local 1080p video playback with 36WHr battery
[iv] Projection Intel Core M7-6Y75 for local 1080p video playback with 36WHr battery
Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.  Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/performance.
​Results have been estimated or simulated using internal Intel analysis or architecture simulation or modeling, and provided to you for informational purposes. Any differences in your system hardware, software or configuration may affect your actual performance.
SYSmark* 2014 is a benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms. SYSmark tests three usage scenarios: Office Productivity, Media Creation and Data/Financial Analysis. SYSmark contains real applications from Independent Software Vendors such as Microsoft* and Adobe*.
WebXPRT* 2015 is a benchmark from Principled Technologies* that measures the performance of web applications using six usage scenarios: Photo Enhancement, Organize Album, Stock Option Pricing, Local Notes, Sales Graphs and Explore DNA Sequencing. WebXPRT tests modern browser technologies such as HTML5 Canvas 2D, HTML5 Table, HTML5 Local Storage, HTML5 Web Workers, AES encryption, DOM in addition to JavaScript*.
3DMark* is a benchmark from Futuremark* that measures DX* 9 / OpenGL* ES 2.0, DX 10 and DX 11 gaming performance. There are four main tests: “Ice Storm” for DX 9 / OpenGL ES 2.0, “Sling Shot” for OpenGL ES 3.0/1, “Cloud Gate” for DX 10, “Sky Diver” for DX11 and “Fire Strike” for DX 11 graphics.
SPEC* CPU2006 is a benchmark from the SPEC consortium that measures device performance and throughput using compute intensive application subtests. SPECint*_base2006 measures how fast a device completes a single integer compute task. SPECint*_rate_base2006 measures throughput, or how many integer compute tasks a device can accomplish in a given amount of time.
Windows* HD Local Video Playback Component Average Power. Disconnect all USB devices, connect to a local WiFi access point and set the screen brightness to 200 nits (disable DPST, set brightness to 200 nits on a white background and enable DPST). Wait for 10 mins for the OS to completely idle. Launch Tears of Steel (1080p H264 10MBps) video using the Windows metro player. Measure and calculate average power for the duration of the video. Report 3 run median.
Battery life and performance measurements on Intel Reference Platform.
Intel Reference Platform is an example new system. Products available from systems manufacturers will not be identical in design, and performance will vary.
Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ M7-6Y75, PL1=4.5W TDP 1 PL1=4.5W TDP , 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.1GHz/2.9GHz, Memory: 2x2GB LPDDR3-1600, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution:1920×1080.
Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-6200U, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.4GHz/3.2GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution:1920×1080. Graphics driver: 15.40.4225
Intel® Core™ i5-520UM processor (up to 1.86 GHz, 4T/2C, 3M cache) on Acer Aspire One* 1830T-3721:18W thermal design power. BIOS: Insyde v.1.11*, Graphics: Intel HD Graphics (driver v. 8.15.10.2104), Memory: 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1333 Mhz, HDD: Seagate* 500 GB, OS: Windows* 7, Battery size: 62 Wh.

 

Kirk Skaugen

About Kirk Skaugen

Kirk Skaugen is senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group (CCG) at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for the company's client computing business and strategies exceeding $34 billion for phone, phablet, tablet and PC platforms. Skaugen is leading Intel's efforts to transform client computing through new technologies, form factors and user experiences. He is leading client innovation with initiatives such as Ultrabook™, All-in-Ones and new 2 in 1 computing devices. CCG's P&L includes Intel® Core™, Core™ M, VPro™ technology, Intel® Atom™, Celeron®, Pentium® and PUMA™ processors and related chipsets, and connectivity solutions including Intel's 3G and LTE modems, Thunderbolt™ technology, Intel® WiFi, WiGig, wired client ethernet, and Intel's new RealSense™ 3D cameras. Previously, Skaugen led Intel's PC business, and prior to that role managed Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group with growth from $6.1B to over $10 billion in three years. This included responsibility for Intel's datacenter Xeon® silicon and solutions for cloud computing, high performance computing, communications infrastructure and Intel's Internet of Things (IOT) strategy and solutions. Skaugen was also located in Asia as general manager of the Asia Pacific Solutions Group, with responsibility for the development and deployment of optimized software and solutions from Asia for Intel's client and server platforms. Skaugen has held a number of positions within Intel's sales and marketing organization, including microprocessor product management, distribution business management and client and enterprise global OEM account management. Skaugen received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and was one of six alumni receiving Purdue's Outstanding Electrical Engineer recognition in 2014. He joined Intel in 1992.

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