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Intel Core i3-8121U Seen in China – Intel’s First 10nm Cannon Lake Chip for Notebooks

Intel is one of the world’s most influential tech manufacturer. What we mean by this is that every time Intel launches a new chip, all other tech companies are basically forced to up their production and try to come out with a similarly impressive chip. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that everyone has been waiting for Intel to finally unveil its 10nm Cannon Lake chip ever since April when Intel announced that its adding the finishing touches to the chip.

Intel Core i3-8121U

The chip that we are talking about is called Core i3-8121U and it is the first official Cannon lake chip Intel ever made. Moreover, Core i3-8121U is being shipped alongside a new Lenovo laptop in China right now.

Added ARK Repository

Considering that the chip is available for all hardware manufacturers to purchase and use, Intel decided to add it to its official ARK repository chip data. The reason why this matters is because it confirms to us that Core i3-8121U is, in fact, a true Cannon Lake chip.

Base and Boosted Speed

We should mention that the ARK description says that Core i3-8121U is a member of the 8th Generation Core lineup and that it runs at a base speed of 2.2GHz. Moreover, the chip can be boosted to 3.20 GHz with the use of Intel Turbo Boost 2.0. Lastly, the chip features two cores and four threads.

LPDDR4 Memory Support

Intel announced that Core i3-8121U will optionally support LPDDR4 memory which helps the chip boost the maximum bandwidth to 41.6GBps. This is a 22% boost when compared to the previous Core i3-8310U chip.

Unfortunately, the chip has yet to start shipping in the US and Intel hasn’t announced when that will happen. However, we can expect Core i3-8121U to hit the stores during the summer.

By Henry R. Lares

Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post.  In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.

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