Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference last week, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed that the first Skylake-based Core M processors will be out later this year. These chips are designed for thin Windows tablets and ultracompact laptops, the new generation promises significantly better battery life and improved performance.
The thinnest tablet with a Core M processor today is 7.2 millimeters thick, and the thinner designs should help Intel challenge Apple's iPad Air 2, which is 6.1 millimeters thick. Thinner tablets are generally lighter and easier to carry around.
Its current batch of Core M chips, introduced last year, are based on the Broadwell microarchitecture. The Skylake chips should also improve graphics and general application performance compared to the current processors.