For years, Intel has used a strategy of new processors called “tick-tock.” Each “tick” meant chipmaker moves to a new process technology and will not make significant architectural changes to the processor cores, while every “wrong” meant that will be presented to a whole new architecture that leverages nonetheless, “settled down” fabrication process.
Last year’s Haswell chips were “this” 22-nm process technology, it is now time to make the next “tick” and this “tick” processors will Broadwell, having almost the same architecture as that of Haswell, but built on standards 14 nm process. Follows the same “this” will be chips Skylake, the issue of which is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
According to the “road map” Intel, Skylake processors for desktop systems, will be issued within the established brands Core i5 and i7 in structural LGA 1151. Chips based on Skylake-S nuclei and cell series chipset (Intel 100 Series) and support up to 64 gigabytes of RAM standard DDR4 SDRAM. Also among the technologies supported: up to 20 lines PCI Express 3.0 (LGA 1151), PCI Express 4.0 (Skylake-E/EP/EX), high-speed interface Thunderbolt 3.0, SATA Express. Standard configuration is a quad.
Interestingly, the transition processors Celeron, Pentium and Core i3 on Skylake is not planned.