Computex 2016 | Intel touches on Kaby Lake, Apollo Lake, and Broadwell-E features
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The keynotes during this year's Computex have been filled to the brim with details and product announcements. The Intel keynote in particular focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) including 5G, PC innovation, smart homes, smart cars, and drones with RealSense cameras. It's becoming quite clear that the company wants to be seen as much more than just a name responsible for PC processors. Key announcements from Asus and Acer from the previous day made more appearances during the Intel presentation including the Transformer 3.
According to sources, at least one 2-in-1 notebook will be equipped with an unspecified Core M CPU from the next generation Kaby Lake series. It will more than likely be a fanless design with a launch date sometime before the end of the year. Kaby Lake will still be manufactured in 14 nm like the current Skylake generation, but promises to be faster with improved power consumption and with native support for Thunderbolt 3. Windows Hello Login will work much more smoothly as well.
Only small details of the next generation Atom series were mentioned during the presentation. Devices sporting Apollo Lake are not expected to be widely available this year, though Intel will be planning to include the series in CloudBooks and netbooks. The new series will bring common middle-class features like 4K playback and USB Type-C support into the low-end budget segment.
The previously announced Broadwell-E desktop series gets more SKUs including the Core i7-6800K and Core i7-6950K designed to run at speeds of up to 3.5 GHz in Turbo Mode. These hexa-core and deca-core processors will use the LGA 2011 v3 socket, have a TDP of up to 140 W, and cost anywhere from $400 to $1600 USD depending on the SKU.