Russia to ditch Intel, AMD in favor of homegrown ‘Baikal’ chips; will use GNU/Linux
Is it yet another cold war that we are entering into? Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin announced in May that the country will reject a U.S. request to use the International Space Station (ISS) after 2020 in retaliation for trade sanctions imposed due to the Ukraine crisis. And now, the Russian government is reportedly preparing to move away Intel and AMD in favor of the domestically-produced Baikal microprocessor.
According to a Russian business newspaper, state departments and state-run companies have no plans to buy PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, beginning in 2015, the government will order some 700,000 personal computers annually worth $500 million and 300,000 servers worth $800 million based on the Baikal chip.
The overall government plan is to use GNU/Linux for all the systems.
The Baikal processors will be built by Moscow-based Baikal Electronics, a unit of T-Platforms, with funding coming from state-run tech firm Rosnano and defense giant Rostec. The first products will be Baikal M and M/S chips, designed on the basis of 64-bit nucleus Cortex A-57 made by UK company ARM, with frequency of 2 gigahertz for personal computers and micro servers. The overall government plan is to use GNU/Linux for all the systems, the report said.
How do you think the U.S. government would react to this move by Russia, which is all prepared to live without Western technology?
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