After a long series of delays, finally, Intel has launched its 10nm cannon lake CPUs. For the past two years, the chip making company Intel was struggling to keep its own promise of the 10nm manufacturing and all we heard from Intel in these two years was the increase in the release date of the CPU. It is being said that transitioning to the new architecture was more complex than what they expected.
The long series of delay
The Cannon Like was going to become the first chips to use 10nm processor back in the year 2017. In the early phase of 2017, the CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich promised to the world that the new 10nm will be developed within 12 months which meant till the end of the year 2017. But you should know that even that announcement was not a new one as it was itself a statement of delay as the company first announced about the 10nm processor way back in 2015.
Details of the new 10nm processor
The TDP of 15W makes the i3-8121U almost identical to the i3-8130 which is a 14nm processor released this year. According to the Intel Spreadsheet, the difference between the two processors is that new processor doesn’t have an integrated GPU. It clearly shows two possibilities; either Intel hasn’t succeeded in shrinking the GPU to that level at which it can be bundled with the 10nm processor or it just not want to reveal all the details.
The new processor has 4mb of smart cache and it supports up to 32 GB of memory. There are two memory channels up to 41.6GB of memory bandwidth (LPDDR4 and LPDDR4X running at 2400). It can work with both DDR4-2400 and LPDDR4/x-2400 memory types. In comparison to the old chip which supported only 12 PCI Express Line the new processor can support up to 16 PCI Express Line and besides, Intel has said that it supports Optane Memory as well.
But in comparison to the big Canon Lake meal which will be coming soon, it’s just a starter. The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 notebook is currently using this 10nm processor, but only in the models which are available in China. The same product uses the existing chip in the US.
What caused the delay?
According to Krzanich, one of the biggest reasons for the delay in the production of this processor was the ambitious generation transition. He mentioned that the company went a little far with hopes of increasing density by 2.7x in comparison to the 14nm chip. He also said that there is a problem in the philanthropy of the company regarding its development of new products. But he also said that the company has a solution to overcome such hurdles and it will take some time to implement those solutions.