SKYLAKE CPU technology in FORSIS industrial PCs

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The conversion to SKYLAKE CPU technology is carried out consistently in all device series from FORSIS.

Whether in the stationary series PROFI, MASTER, ENTRY and EXPERT or in the mobile MOBILE device series - all CPU units are converted to the new SKYLAKE generation from INTEL.

Actual CPU Generation - 3. GenerationNew with UEFI BIOS - 6. Generation
Intel®Core™ Celeron 1047 IVYBRIDGEIntel®Core™ Celeron 3955 SKYLAKE
Intel®Core™ i3 3100U IVYBRIDGEIntel®Core™ i3 6100U SKYLAKE
Intel®Core™ i7 3600U IVYBRIDGEIntel®Core™ i7 6600U SKYLAKE

Basically, it can be said that the Core i series from INTEL is a family of X86 processors for mobile and desktop computers. The typical areas of application are office, work and the entire leisure sector. The CORE-i CPU series replaced the ATOM Dual CORE family in 2008.

The Core i series serves the largest market segment; among these, Intel offers the PENTIUM and CELERON processors, while the XEON processors are intended for servers. The following is the history of development:

  • Sandy Bridge since 2011,
  • since 2012 Ivy-Bridge,
  • since 2013 Haswell,
  • since 2014 Boradwell,
  • since 2015 on the Skylake,
  • since 2016 on the Kaby-Lake and
  • on the Coffee Lake microarchitecture since 2017

With the categories i3, i5, i7 and, more recently, i9, Intel divides the processors into performance classes. The assignment does not depend on the socket, but on various processor properties. This is how she plays:
- Number of cores,
- the Hyper-Threading support,
- the width of the storage connection and the
- Support of short-term overclocking (turbo mode) plays a role,
- but also features like Trustet Execution Technology (TXT) as well
- Parts of the cache can be deactivated on processors with lower model numbers.

However, this classification is not a reliable indicator of performance. So it is quite possible that a Core i5 desktop processor calculates significantly faster than a Core i7 for notebooks. The Core i7 processor series is initially intended for the high and maximum performance segment. Core i5 is positioned directly below the Core i7. At the beginning of 2010, new dual-core processors (i3 and partly i5) in 32 nm production followed, with which the older Core 2 duos were replaced.

The pure CPU performance has actually only increased marginally, this has now been proven by many benchmark comparisons, so this was NOT the decisive point for the change.

As a Skylake advantage outside of the pure CPU architecture, the improved mainboard chipsets can also be considered, which have just been significantly drilled out in the basic functions.

The connection between CPU and chipset now works with DMI 3.0 and thus almost twice the bandwidth than previously with DMI 2.0, which is why there is clearly better equipment with chipset's own PCI Express lanes.

The advantages:

  • Another reduction in power consumption (a FORSIS IPC with I7 is currently around 35W total power consumption)
  • More USB 3.0 interfaces
  • More PCIe interfaces for various add-ons, such as M.2 / U.2 interfaces.
  • Conversion of the BIOS from LEGACY to UEFI.
  • TPM encryption and Secure Boot Mode support of WIN10 LTSB UEFI feature
  • Read our article on UEFI BIOS

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