Computer mogul Michael Dell built his massive fortune with Intel chips — and brilliant Dell-Intel tango is about to get way sexier. Dell bought back his eponymous PC-making company a few years ago — to the surprise of analysts who thought the PC was dead, buried by the tablet and smartphone revolution. Turns out that, as usual, Michael Dell was a step ahead — and knew more than the rest of us.
With Intel’s announcement of its new Skylake chip, PC makers have been given new life, especially in the laptop/notebook sector. (Many Dell laptops even skipped the Broadwell stage of the Intel chip evolution, gearing up for Skylake.) With Skylake, the PC laptop weight can drop by half while processing speed, battery life and power get a major boost. Suddenly, tablets don’t look like such a great utility, when the more convenient, feature-heavy notebook/laptop weighs next to nothing and doesn’t even get hot. There are over 500 million computers in use today that are more than four years old. A 4-year-old PC is the digital equivalent of driving a car from the 1980s — as far as industrial advances made since. Skylake and Michael Dell (along with Lenovo and other competitors) want to replace them all.