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Intel 14nm “Skylake” Will Support DDR4, PCIe 4.0 and SATA “Express”



/ 3 years ago

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According to a report by the German website PCGamesHardware, we will see Intel’s 14nm SkyLake platform revolutionise the PC market. The new Intel platform, based on a second incarnation of the 14nm process, will bring DDR4 memory support, PCI Express Generation 4.0 support and SATA Express support.

Intel’s Skylake will introduce their 9th generation of integrated graphics processors in addition to support for the latest DDR4 memory which we are just starting to see arrive in certain industrial segments. Intel’s Skylake certainly won’t be the first to bring DDR4 as Haswell-E in mid-late 2014 will also bring quad channel DDR4 support. Skylake itself is the redesign of the 14nm process, aka of Broadwell. Broadwell in itself is a tick of the Haswell architecture – that is a reduced transistor size of the same Haswell architecture while Skylake is a tock of Broadwell which is an entire architecture design overhaul.

Furthermore, Skylake brings PCIe 4.0 support (which we recently detailed here) and both AMD and Nvidia should have PCIe 4.0 compatible graphics card ready for the launch of Skylake. Finally Skylake adds support for “SATA Express” which is a new SATA standard offering 16 Gb/s – that’s up from the 6 Gb/s currently on offer with SATA III. Best estimates suggest we will see Skylake in late 2015 or early/mid 2016.

Image courtesy of PCGamesHardware.de 


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  • d6bmg

    DDR4 at last!!

    • d6bmg

      But don’t you guys think it’s already too late?

      • Tony Thetiger

        yup. waaaaaay to late. only good thing is quad-channel.

        • d6bmg

          Companies already have milked out the market with their costly DDR3 products. 🙁

          • GregoryGr

            we don’t need DDR4 memory DDR3 covers all our needs.

          • GregoryGr

            we don’t need DDR4 memory DDR3 covers all our needs.

          • clementl

            1. You responded to a comment of 10 months old.
            2. APU’s can actually make very good use of higher bandwidths. Just look at the XB One vs PS4.

  • Ronnie

    folks…. RAM plays very little roll in fast computing(unless you are using specific software that specifically takes advantage of high clock speeds and letancies) that said… even if they NOW bring DDR9 to the table` regular users and as well as most enthusiasts won’t feel much difference compared to DDR3, and that’s because that RAM ISN’T a piece of hardware that reacts on PC’s overall performance, and since DDR3 is already much faster than any piece of hardware found in PC and is no reason to look forward for DDRx in the future, instead they should get over this “DDR” technology completely and bring “HMC” into market as replacment — THAT would be different. at this time DDR3 would be the LAST to bottlenecked in any high-end PC, so what we need in reality? in perfect would I’d want 8 physical core(5.0GHz) and 8 logical core CPU based on 11mn architecture, hybrid memory cube, PCIe express with high bandwidths and 2GBs write/read SSDs among with 11mn GPUs with ARM cpus on them — THIS would revolutionize the standard computing that we are used to.

    I apologize for poor write and bad organization of words I’m just running out of time so thought I’d share my ideas with viewers, Thanks.