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Leaked Roadmap Reveals Intel's 14nm Skylake Platform and Knights Landing Chip

Leaked Roadmap Reveals Intel's 14nm Skylake Platform and Knights Landing Chip

A leaked Intel Xeon roadmap slide reveals Intel's plans to release its 14nm Skylake platform, with support for PCIe Gen 4.0 and SATA Express. The brief performance specifications of the next generation Knights Landing chip, with three times the compute capabilities of the current Knights Corner co-processor, were also unveiled.

The Skylake platform will be the first chips based on the 14nm fabrication process. This new platform is set to replace the yet-to-be-released Broadwell one, which in turn, is the successor to the 14nm Intel 'Haswell-E' Xeon CPU.

According to techPowerUp, the Skylake platform will support PCIe Gen 4.0 that doubles the bandwidth of the current PCIe Gen 3.0 bus standard. In addition, the new platform will feature SATA Express, which will have a touted maximum bandwidth of 16Gbps, 2.5 times higher than the current SATA 6Gbps standard. Hence, consumers can look forward to upgraded PC components like graphics cards and SATA storage devices to take advantage of these new hardware advancements. In terms of integrated graphics processors, the Skylake platform will feature the ninth generation Intel HD graphics.

For a sneak peak at the future of the Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture (Intel MIC Architecture) , the leaked information points to the new Knights Landing chip. Also based on the new 14nm process, the new chip is purported to have three times, at roughly over 3 teraFLOPs, the compute capabilities of the 1 teraFLOP Intel Knights Corner Xeon Phi coprocessor. According to Intel, the Knights Landing chip will be available as a coprocessor or a host processor (CPU).

(Source: PC Games Hardware via techPowerUp, Intel)

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