A die shot of the new sixth generation Intel Core processor

Intel unveils sixth generation of Core processors

Intel has unveiled the sixth generation of its signature Core processors, which it claims will provide more than twice the performance of the average PC.

At a press conference ahead of the IFA technology show in Berlin, Intel's Kirk Skaugen said the hardware in the processors has been 10 years in the making and that the power in the new processors will give the smallest laptops and tablets similar speeds to the large tower computers of three years ago.

The new line of Core processors are built on the new Skylake microarchitecture on Intel's leading 14nm manufacturing process technology and include the i3, i5 and i7 that run in most PCs and laptops.

The company claims they can be half as thin and half the weight of the previous generation and they are capable of delivering up to two and a half times better performance, triple the battery life, and 30 times better graphics than the average five-year-old computer.

"6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver some of the most significant advancements in computing that we've ever seen," said Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group.

"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."

Intel showed off the capabilities of the new processors at the press conference with a next-generation selfie stick, powered by one of the new processors composed of six GoPro cameras that offered a 360-degree view in ultra-high definition 4K.

As well as processors and previews of new hardware from some partners, Intel also offered a preview of its vision for the ever-expanding internet of things.

"If it consumes electricity it's going to compute," said Skaugen, adding that Intel estimates 50 billion devices will be a part of the internet of things by 2020.

The firm already has facial recognition technology in its RealSense cameras, and the presentation showed this being used to gain entrance to a car, as well as giving "eyes" to drones, which can then manoeuvre around obstacles on their own.

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