Cannon Lake (microprocessor)

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Cannon Lake
General information
LaunchedMay 2018 (availability)
DiscontinuedFebruary 28, 2020
Max. CPU clock rate3.2GHz
L1 cache64 KiB per core
L2 cache256 KiB per core
L3 cache4 MiB, shared
Architecture and classification
Min. feature sizeIntel 10 nm (Tri-Gate) transistors
MicroarchitecturePalm Cove
Instructionsx86-64, Intel 64
Physical specifications
  • 2
GPU(s)Factory disabled
PredecessorDesktop: Coffee Lake (2nd optimization)
Kaby Lake Refresh (2nd optimization)
SuccessorIce Lake (Architecture)

Cannon Lake (formerly Skymont) is Intel's codename for the 10-nanometer die shrink of the Kaby Lake microarchitecture. As a die shrink, Cannon Lake is a new process in Intel's "Process-Architecture-Optimization" execution plan as the next step in semiconductor fabrication.[2] Cannon Lake CPUs are the first mainstream CPUs to include the AVX-512 instruction set.

Prior to Cannon Lake's launch, Intel launched another 14 nm process refinement with the codename Coffee Lake.[3]

The successor of Cannon Lake is Ice Lake, powered by the Sunny Cove microarchitecture, which represents the "Architecture" phase in the Intel Process-Architecture-Optimization Model.[4][5]

Design history and features[edit]

Cannon Lake was initially expected to be released in 2015[6]/2016, but the release was pushed back to 2018.[7] Intel demonstrated a laptop with an unknown Cannon Lake CPU at CES 2017[8][9] and announced that Cannon Lake based products would be available in 2018 at the earliest.

At CES 2018 Intel announced that it had started shipping mobile Cannon Lake CPUs at the end of 2017 and would ramp up production in 2018.[10][11][12]

On April 26, 2018 in its report on first-quarter 2018 financial results Intel stated it was currently shipping low-volume 10 nm product and expects 10 nm volume production to shift to 2019.[13] In July 2018, Intel announced that volume production of Cannon Lake would be delayed yet again, to late Q2 2019.[14]

The first laptop featuring a Cannon Lake CPU, namely Intel Core i3-8121U, a dual core CPU with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost but without an integrated GPU, was released in May 2018 in very limited quantities.[15][16]

On August 16, 2018 Intel announced two new models of NUCs would use the 10 nm Cannon Lake-U i3-8121U CPU.[17] These models later became more readily available at retail in late November 2018.

On October 28, 2019, Intel announced that it will be discontinuing the i3-8121U and the Cannon Lake-powered Crimson Canyon NUC, with orders being taken till December 27, and shipping till February 28, 2020,[18][19] making Cannon Lake not only one of the shortest-lived microarchitectures of Intel, but also the shortest-lived 10 nm x86 CPU microarchitecture (with only one CPU model to be released and manufactured for 1.5 years).


  • Intel Palm Cove CPU cores
  • Intel's first 10 nm process technology

List of Cannon Lake CPUs[edit]

Mobile processors[edit]



Model Cores



clock rate

CPU Turbo

clock rate



TDP cTDP Price


Core i3 8121U 2 (4) 2.2 GHz 3.2 GHz N/A 4 MB 15 W N/A ?

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Intel's Cannonlake 10nm Microarchitecture is Due For 2016 - Compatible On Union Bay With Union Point PCH". WCCFTech. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
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  5. ^ "What's the Name of Intel's Third 10-Nanometer Chip?". The Motley Fool. 25 Jan 2016. Archived from the original on 18 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
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  8. ^ "Here's How Intel Is Finally Getting Back on Track With Moore's Law". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  9. ^ "Intel Kicks Off CES 2017 with VR, Automated Driving, 5G News and Experiences | Intel Newsroom". Intel Newsroom. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  10. ^ Cutress, Ian. "Intel Mentions 10nm, Briefly". Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  11. ^ "Intel Announces 10nm Cannon Lake Is Shipping". Tom's Hardware. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  12. ^ AnandTech (2018-01-09), Intel at CES 2018: 10nm [@8:35], retrieved 2018-01-10
  13. ^ "Intel Reports First-Quarter 2018 Financial Results". Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  14. ^ Ell, Jordan Novet, Kellie (2018-07-26). "Intel falls on delay of future chip technology". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  15. ^ "Cannon Lake stumbles into the market: The IdeaPad 330-15ICN is the first laptop with a 10-nm-CPU". Notebookcheck. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  16. ^ "联想IdeaPad330 八代酷睿I3-8121U游戏性能独显笔记本电脑 超薄本轻薄本办公商务学生本 标配秒杀:4G内存 500G硬盘 2G独显 W10 银色 15.6英寸【图片 价格 品牌 报价】-京东". 2018-05-14. Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  17. ^ "Intel rolls out NUC mini-PCs with 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs and AMD Radeon graphics". PC World. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  18. ^ "Intel discontinues Cannon Lake NUC". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  19. ^ "Product Change Notification Change Notification #: 117226 - 00" (PDF).