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Intel 10 nm Core i3-8121U Brings 2.7x Transistor Density Over 14nm, Features 100.8 Million Transistors Per Square Millimeter

Intel 10 nm CPUs have reportedly been delayed due to unknown reasons and with AMD Ryzen breathing down Intel’s neck, things aren’t looking good for the CPU giant. While the Intel 10 nm is coming slowly but when it does it might give CPU designers much more room as reportedly the Intel 10 nm Core i3-8121U features 2.7x transistor density over 14 nm.

This is according a report from Tech Insights, who analyzed the Intel Cannon Lake Core i3-8121U processor. While 10 nm is delayed but, this 10 nm Cannon Lake CPU is the first one to appear in the market inside Lenovo Ideapad330.

The Intel Core i3-8121U is a dual-core CPU with a base clock of 2.2GHz and 4 MB L3 cache.

Moving on with the report, Tech Insights took the Intel Cannon Lake Core i3-8121U, removed the die and then put it under the electron microscope.

The report gives an in-depth technical review of the Intel 10 nm Core i3-8121U CPU, however, the one that caught out attention is that Intel has managed to achieve 2.7x transistor density over 14 nm.

This has enabled Intel to cram in 100.8 million transistors per square millimeter.

Not only that, Intel 10 nm Core i3-8121U utilizes third-gen FinFET technology with minimum game pitch reduced from 70 nm to 54 nm.

  • Logic transistor density of 100.8 mega transistors per mm2, increasing 10nm density 2.7X over the 14nm node
  • Utilizes third generation FinFET technology
  • Minimum gate pitch of Intel’s 10 nm process shrinks from 70 nm to 54 nm
  • Minimum metal pitch shrinks from 52 nm to 36 nm

Intel 10 nm Core i3-8121U

Speaking of the Intel 10 nm, reportedly the delay in 10 nm is causing laptop manufacturers to lose money which has opened up the market to AMD to come in.

According to the report, the laptop manufactures aren’t able to roll out refreshed versions of their products which is costing them money and has given AMD the opportunity to come in with its Ryzen mobile APUs.

However, that is not the only reason why Intel is far behind its competition as reportedly Intel’s persistence on integrating the x86 is done a lot of damage to the company.

The report also suggests that while 7 nm from GlobalFoundries isn’t far ahead of 10 nm but Chipzilla doesn’t have the capacity to ship according to market’s demand. On that other hand, the 7 nm production is very close to market demand.

What do you think of Intel 10 nm? Do you think Intel will be able to compete with AMD Ryzen and its upcoming 7 nm CPUs with its 10 nm process? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Tech Insights