Intel Cannonlake Processors and 300-Series Motherboards Allegedly Launching in Late 2017

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Nov 11, 2016

Intel is said to launch their 8th generation Cannonlake processors in late 2017. A report from Digitimes has alleged that Intel has scheduled the launch of their Cannonlake processors and 300-Series motherboards in late-2017.

Intel Cannonlake CPUs and 300-Series Motherboards Scheduled For Late 2017 Launch

Intel’s Cannonlake CPU lineup would replace the upcoming Kaby Lake processors which are going to launch at CES 2017. The new processors are based on a new process technology and would feature additional CPU and GPU architecture enhancements for improved performance. Digitimes has revealed that 300-series products will be available in late 2017 which would allow support for the 8th generation desktop processors.

Intel reportedly is planning to add USB 3.1 and Wi-Fi functions into its motherboard chipsets and the new design may be implemented in its upcoming 300-series scheduled to be released at the end of 2017, according to sources from motherboard makers. Intel declined to comment on market speculation. via Digitimes

Some of the key features that would be added to the new 300-series motherboards is native USB 3.1 and WiFi functionalities. This would allow Intel to not rely on third party manufacturers for WiFi and USB 3.1 controllers. This would affect many companies such as Broadcom, Realtek and ASMedia who either supply WLAN or USB – 3.1 chips.

But at the same time, it would allow Intel to increase and standardize the new technologies on their platforms. Intel 200-series motherboards would be out in January so we will have to wait at least 10-12 months before we get to see 300-series products in the market. It is not known whether they would change the socket with 300-series but since it’s a die shrink of Skylake, it may be kept compatible with current LGA 1151 socket.

Intel Cannonlake CPUs Rumored For 2017 Launch – Here are The Expected Features and Details

Intel Cannonlake CPUs will be based on a new 10nm process node which would improve power efficiency. The new process would allow faster clocks under the same power envelope but we expect to see a bit more from Cannonlake CPUs. Although Cannonlake may be considered as a die shrink of Skylake or Kaby Lake which have the same basic architecture hierarchy, Cannonlake would be a bit different.

We expect to see some sort of CPU and GPU architecture enhancements that would lead to IPC gains. We can consider this the same jump as we saw from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge. Moving on, the Cannonlake CPUs will be compatible with DDR4-2400 MHz (native).

  • Kaby Lake, the code name for a new microprocessor due to begin production late this year using Intel’s current 14-nanometer technology.
  • Cannon Lake, Intel’s first 10nm microprocessor, due late in 2017.
  • Ice Lake, the second generation of 10nm technology

While Cannonlake is said to launch in 2017, we aren’t exactly sure whether Intel would be naming the family as Coffee Lake or Cannonlake. Coffee Lake is the name of the family that will feature the 14nm process node but would be architecturally similar to Cannonlake chips. The true Cannonlake chips which are not internally known as Coffee Lake are based on 10nm process node and the new enhancements.

A previous leak revealed that Cannon Lake-S chips (desktop) would be part of the Coffee Lake family. So they might not be based on 10nm process, but rather 14nm.

Intel CPU Generation Comparison:

  Intel Sandy Bridge Platform Intel Ivy Bridge Platform Intel Haswell Platform Intel Broadwell Platform Intel Skylake Platform Intel Kaby Lake Platform Intel Coffee Lake Platform Intel Ice Lake Platform
Processor Architecture Sandy Bridge Ivy Bridge Haswell Broadwell Skylake Kaby Lake Coffee Lake Ice Lake?
Processor Process 32nm 22nm 22nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 10nm
Processors Cores (Max) 4 4 4 4 4 4 6/8? 8?
Platform Chipset 6-Series “Cougar Point” 7-Series “Panther Point” 8-Series “Lynx Point” 9-Series “Wild Cat Point” 100-Series “Sunrise Point” 200-Series “Union Point” 300-Series 300-Series
Platform Socket LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1150 LGA 1150 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151?
TDPs 35-95W 35-77W 35-84W 65W 35-91W 35-91W 35-95W TBA
Thunderbolt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platform Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA
Launch 2011 2012 2013-2014 2015 2015 2017 2017 2018

Intel Cannonlake CPUs For Desktop Platform Could Be First Mainstream Chips To Feature Up To 6 Cores

If the Cannonlake CPUs are indeed based on 14nm for desktop platforms than Intel might take another route to woo their customers. Since this would be the fourth 14nm family for desktop platforms, Intel can update the total core count to 6 on mainstream desktop PCs. It is already known from roadmap leaks that Intel would be upping the core count for Coffee Lake-H platforms to 6 so it doesn’t make sense not to do the same with the desktop platforms.

More details for the entire Intel CPU family roadmap can be seen here. It will be interesting to see how Intel handles the desktop launch of Cannonlake / Coffee Lake chips in late 2017. For all we know, the 300-series boards sound like a good deal for mainstream users who aren’t interested in the upcoming 200-series boards. For now, we are waiting for the launch of Kaby Lake and 200-series motherboards in January 2017.