Originally Posted by ne0h
Intel employee here!
Here's what I can tell you about Syklake! We are currently working daily (my project team) on the skylake project.
It's planned release schedule is for early 2017. When released it will be on 10nm process, but current development is happening on the existing 14nm project. We already have fused 14nm chips active in the validation labs for testing. Once the shrink happens (Q2 of next year), revision and development will be completed for 10nm process. The new D1Cx (will be called D1D when finished) fab facility at RA in Oregon will be the first fab of ours to have 10nm process active, it's scheduled to be finished January or February of next year. The goal is to jump straight to 10nm process and skip 14nm such as was done with Tejas. This however is entirely dependent upon completion of the fab, and flying colors on performance figures from SVOS on the 10nm test chips. Expect 14nm, but don't be surprised if the first chips are on the new 10nm process.
Our validation lab computers run our own in house OS (SVOS- System Verification Operating System), but I've heard from other project teams that windows 7 is running on a few, as well as windows 8. However, I'm not software side, so I can't speak for much of that aspect.
Wow, great to have that cleared up by someone who has information, rather than speculation and guesswork! Thanks!
In that case, instead of waiting for Skylake I will build a Haswell Refresh machine I think, depending on pricing when it comes out. Will all of the Haswell Refresh processors support DDR4? And will there be a 6 core? Or just 4 core and 8 core? (Sorry neOh if you're not allowed to disclose this!)