Intel’s transition to construction processors on a 10nm production procedure has been behind schedule time and again. Once upon a time the corporate mentioned that it would move into mass manufacturing on the finish of 2015; with its most up-to-date monetary effects the corporate driven that again, once more, to 2019. But the corporate has additionally mentioned that, even supposing the yields are not excellent sufficient for large-scale manufacturing, it has been delivery 10nm processors, codename Cannon Lake, to an unspecified buyer.
That buyer is Lenovo: the IdeaPad 330 has been indexed by way of Chinese shops, and it features a mysterious processor, the Core i3-8121U. The title tells us the marketplace positioning—it is an i3, so it is low-end—the ability envelope—the “U” on the finish signifies that it is a 15W chip—and the branding—the quantity begins with an eight, so it is going to be some other “8th generation” chip, similar to the Kaby Lake-R, Kaby Lake-G, and Coffee Lake processors. This signifies that “8th generation” is a relatively imprecise label that describes a number of other processor variants, constructed on a number of other production processes (two 14nm variants and now 10nm).
We did not know a lot more in regards to the chip till Intel printed it on its Ark website online. The Ark list confirms that it’s certainly a 15W Cannon Lake chip, constructed on a 10nm procedure. It has two cores, 4 threads, a base clock pace of two.2GHz with turbo spice up of three.2GHz, and 4MB of stage three cache.
What else will we be informed? The Cannon Lake section helps two new types of reminiscence: LPDDR4 and LPDDR4X, each low energy variants of DDR4. This will have to permit diminished energy intake even with prime reminiscence gadget configurations, in comparison to the former technology which handiest supported LPDDR3 along with usual DDR4. The most theoretical reminiscence bandwidth determine has additionally been upgraded to 41.6GB/s, up from 34.1GB/s.
The Ark list additionally says that the Cannon Lake processor helps extra PCIe lanes, as much as 16 from 12 (despite the fact that the real supported lane configurations seem to compare Kaby Lake chips, so it is not right away transparent if that is right kind). More peculiarly, on the other hand, the list does not come with any specifications for a GPU. Virtually each cellular and desktop processor Intel makes comprises an built-in GPU, and one would be expecting Cannon Lake chips to observe go well with. According to this list, on the other hand, the i3-8121U does not. The Lenovo computer in query is specified as together with a discrete AMD R5 GPU, providing no steering as as to whether the chip does certainly have a GPU.
As such, whilst Cannon Lake and Intel’s 10nm production stay a bit of mysterious (the wider query of “why this particular chip for this particular customer?” feeling in particular germane), we do now know a bit of greater than we did sooner than.