TechInsights analysts have picked up Lenovo’s first 10nm CPU and taken it apart to take a look at the processor. This is the first time we’ve seem a Cannon Lake CPU in the wild, this is Intel’s much-maligned 10nm process and based on a 71mm Cannon Lake die.
Lenovo’s Notebook Lets Intel’s Cannon Lake Bare All
With Intel remaining very quiet with technical details and focusing more on sales pitches those of us in the independent media have had to scramble to find necessary information giving us only days to find out and inform the readers. This includes, among other things, the size of the processor die, generally can be and likely is an indicator of the advantage over the previous production. While many times the theoretical advantages of a new production are very beneficial, the actual use case scenario can be masked by numerous factors like the current issues with 10 nm and why it’s taken Intel so long to release these parts. Computerbase has done some digging and detailed that based on the image they can calculate the package size of 45mm x 24mm for the chip of about 71mm and comes with the chipset installed next to it of only 47mm.
Cannon Lake’s main advantage in its 10 nm manufacturing process compared to the first 14 nm Broadwell-U processor is rather small and had a die size of 82 mm and not much has changed. The base has remained almost exactly the same for most of the Core U generations with its 2+2 chip and packs 4 MB of L4 cache a dual core CPU with a GT2 GPU though it is disabled this is due to incredibly poor yields in the new productions the GPU is disabled and a discrete AMD card in installed. Although Cannon Lake still features an AVX512 instruction set and a larger GPU which is set to have 40 EUs over from 24 in the past. We expect mass production for these chips to be in 2019 which could be a problem for team blue.