IFA 2015: Intel unveils Skylake Y, U, H and S processors for laptops, 2-in-1s and Compute Sticks

Intel has announced around two dozen mobile CPUs for form factors such as notebooks, 2-in-1s as well as Compute Sticks.


Intel had announced its 6th generation desktop Skylake CPUs earlier this month along with the vendors announcing the Z170 chipset based motherboards. With IFA 2015 starting in a couple of days, the chipmaker has now announced its entire series of mobile CPUs from the Skylake family. Intel has announced around two dozen mobile CPUs for form factors such as notebooks, 2-in-1s as well as Compute Sticks.

Intel has divided the range of mobile CPUs into four distinct series: the Y-series will cater to 2-in-1s, tablets and Compute Sticks; U-series will be seen in thin and light notebooks and portable 2-in-1s; H-series will be seen on gaming notebooks as well as mobile workstations and finally the S-series will be seen on desktops, all-in-one setups and mini PCs.

Based on the 14nm manufacturing process, the 6th generation processors based on the Skylake microarchitecture represent the tock in Intel's tick-tock cadence of releasing processors. According to Intel, this family of processors delivers 2.5 times better performance, triple the battery life, 30 times better graphics versus an average 5-year old computer.

Intel Y-series

The Intel Y-series was first seen with the Core m series processors we had seen earlier this year. In fact we have reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which features a Core m 5Y70 processor. Thanks to the low power consumption of the Core m processors, Intel has decided to create a whole family of Core m processors. There will be the Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 series of processors.

IFA 2015: Intel unveils Skylake Y, U, H and S processors for laptops, 2-in-1s and Compute Sticks

The Core m3 and Core m7 have one processor each whereas the Core m5 has two processors. As we have seen with the Core i series processors, the higher the number following the alphabet, the more powerful the processor - although the TDP maxes out at under 8W to ensure a fanless design. All the Core m series processors are dual-core hyper-threaded parts with base frequencies increasing from the Core m3 to the Core m7 SKUs. All the processors also comprise the same Intel HD graphics 515, but the only differentiation is that the maximum graphics frequency has been capped at 850MHz for the Core m3 6Y30, to 900MHz for the Core m5 6Y54 and Core m5 6Y57 to finally 1000MHz for Core m7 6Y75. According to Intel, the new Core m processors perform 40% better than the last generation Core m processors and are better than the iPad Air 2 giving up to 10 hours of battery life. Certain iterations of the Core m3 and Core m5 will also be seen on future Intel Compute Stick variants.

Intel U-series

The next in line is the U series of Skylake CPUs meant for the ultrabooks as well as portable 2-in-1s. As seen in the charts below, the series has been segmented according to the power limits.

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All the processors in this series are dual-core hyper-threaded parts. While the 15W parts comprise either the Intel HD graphics 520 or Intel HD graphics 540, the higher end 28W parts feature the more powerful Intel Iris Graphics 550 along with support for DDR4 RAM as well.

Intel H-series 

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The Intel H-series represents the higher end of the Intel mobile CPU family. These mobile CPUs will be seen in gaming notebooks as well as workstation laptops. The TDP on these chips is higher than the previous series we have seen. The Core i7 processors are quad-core hyper-threaded parts featuring the Intel HD graphics 530 whereas the Core i5 parts a quad-core non-hyper threaded parts, also housing Intel HD graphics 530.

Intel is also stressing on the fact that its processors come with features optimised for the Windows 10 operating system. Cortana, Windows Hello will enable more seamless and natural interaction and Intel is banking on its RealSense camera to work with Windows Hello for letting people securely login to their machines.

Speaking on the launch occasion, Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group said, “New 6th Gen Intel Core-based systems are more responsive than ever with enhanced performance, battery life and security. And they can enable amazing new PC experiences like logging into your computer with your face and having a personal assistant respond to your voice. The combination of 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Windows 10 and beautiful new systems from PC manufacturers make this the best time ever to buy a new computer.”

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