Intel launches first 10nm processor

Intel has started shipping the first processor based on its 10nm manufacturing process.

The 8th-generation chip is a Core i3-8121U which is built on the Cannon Lake architecture and features two physical cores with four threads.

According to AnandTech, the new CPU started appearing in Lenovo Ideapad 330 laptops at Chinese retailers.

Smaller process nodes usually offer better power efficiency and performance, thanks to a reduced transistor size.

The Intel Core i3-8121U has a base clock speed of 2.20GHz and a 3.20GHz boost clock, with a 4MB cache and a TDP of 15W.

Its modest specifications make the processor an entry-level mobile chip, built for power efficiency, and it has no integrated graphics.

Intel is expected to roll out more processors based on its 10nm manufacturing process soon, which could include new high-performance desktop and mobile chips.

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