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Seven new hardware technologies for Windows 10 PCs

Agam Shah | April 9, 2015
Laptops with Windows 10 may have a host of new technologies like USB Type C ports, 3D cameras and Skylake chips.

Better performance
Microsoft is tuning Windows 10 to work well with Intel's upcoming Core chips code-named Skylake, which will be in PCs in the second half this year. Skylake will boost graphics and applications while improving battery life in laptops. Skylake is also a platform for freeing laptops of wire clutter. The first Skylake chips will likely be Core M processors for tablets and low-power laptops, and will be followed by laptop and desktop chips.

Wire-free computing
In an ideal universe, Intel wants laptops free of all wires. The company is bringing wireless charging technology to laptops later this year so users don't have to carry bulky power bricks. Charging a laptop will be as simple as placing it on a table or another surface; Intel wants wireless charging be as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi. Intel is talking to airports, cafes and other businesses about installing wireless charging tables and surfaces for customers. However, it may be years until the technology becomes practical.

Intel will also link up laptops to wireless monitors, storage devices and other peripherals via WiGig technology, which can transfer data at 7Gbps (bits per second). Much like Wi-Fi, laptops will start getting WiGig chips. But it could take a while for WiGig-compatible monitors and storage peripherals to become available.

Advanced displays
]Dell has suggested it couldn't incorporate OLED screens into Windows 8 laptops or tablets due to lack of native support for the screen type. The company also hinted that it would bring together Windows 10 and OLED displays in the future, though it didn't reveal exact plans. OLED screens are used mostly in TVs, tablets and smartphones, but not yet in Windows PCs.

Hardware upgrades
Windows 10 PCs could pack graphics cards that support DirectX 12, which will improve PC gaming. The battery life of laptops will also get better with DX12. Later in the year, laptops could also ship with DDR4 memory, which will improve internal data transfer between memory, processor and other components.

 

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