Russia soon with laptops with their own Baikal M1 processors

Russia soon with laptops with their own Baikal M1 processors

from Maximilian Hohm
Russia wants to establish its own chips in order to be independent from the West. The company expects its first laptops this year, which will be used primarily in government institutions. In terms of performance, however, they shouldn’t compete with current processors because they rely on outdated processes. Read more about this below.

Due to the current sanctions, Russia has no access to chips from American manufacturers and is trying to make itself more independent. The Russian manufacturer Bitblaze, which specializes in servers, workstations and storage solutions, has now introduced the Bitblaze Titan BM15. This is based on the Baikal M1 and is designed for the Russian market. The chip is ARM-based and is primarily intended to serve Russian government institutions. Delivery is expected from November this year.

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The current problem for Bitblaze is that TSMC does not manufacture for Russian manufacturers. The laptop is said to offer a 15.6-inch display, use the Baikal M1, which is still problematic, and bring 16 GiB DDR4 RAM. In the maximum expansion stage, up to 128 GiB of RAM should be available and users should be able to choose between 256 and 512 GB SSDs. There is also Bluetooth, WLAN, USB-C and four USB Type-A ports, an HDMI port and a 3.5 mm jack.

At almost 5 pounds, the laptop is by no means a portable lightweight and the design is strikingly reminiscent of a MacBook Pro. The price is expected to be between 1375 and 1650 US dollars. The Baikal M1 chip is based on an ARM Cortex A57, which offers eight cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. There are also 8 MiB L3 cache and an ARM Mali T628 GPU. This design dates back to 2014 and is still manufactured in the 28 nm process. Accordingly, it is in no way comparable to current chips and can only be used with Linux.

Source: Wccftech

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