Intel, Skylake, Haifa Intel, Skylake, Haifa The configuration of the Skylake chip is inspiring computer geeks to call it "beautiful" (Photo: Intel)

Why you should care about this new computer chip

Both super-geeks and everyday smartphone users are excited about Intel's new Skylake processor.

For those who are up late playing video games or watching movies on Netflix, we have some good news for you. Processing power, and the speed of our connected world, has just made a huge leap thanks to Intel and its new processor, called Skylake. This chip is built for a lot of things, and chief among them is its ability to power the latest in ultra-high-definition gaming and video.

Skylake's core was developed over four years at Intel's research center in Israel and was unveiled this week at a consumer electronics show in Berlin. According to Intel, the new chip redesign means greater performance and reduced power consumption. What does that mean for us?

Let’s start with the super-geeks who are calling the processor "beautiful" and the tech reporters who say it's flown in from the future. But for most of us living in the here and now, Skylake means less crackly downtime (Can you hear me now?) and communication delays, and more laser-focus image and sound quality – whether you're shooting lasers in a multi-player game or selling lasers in a conference call.

And how will it make your smartphone better? Let us count the ways ...

  1. If you use Windows 10, your device can go from sleep to wake in milliseconds.
  2. Super slick facial recognition will let you login in with your face.
  3. The new processor sets the stage for wireless charging with all Intel-powered tablets and phones.
  4. You can talk all night long: Battery life is longer, and images and video chats will load faster.

For folks giving the sustainability grade, Skylake is eco-friendly, as it uses 60% less power than the best processor today.

Luke Schantz is a New York-based tech evangelist. He's excited to see how this processor will impact everyone’s relationship to connectivity and media. “Having more responsive devices? I don't know about you, but from a user experience standpoint, fractions of a second make a huge difference in how I feel about a device or technology," he told From The Grapevine.

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