Russia wants to rely less on computer chips from USA and more on their solutions in the future. Intel and AMD solutions will be replaced by domestically produced Baikal CPUs, in a project that is worth dozens of millions of dollars.


Seeing how the current situation is with Russia and the tension around it, this is a decision that makes sense. The problems in Ukraine may trigger economical sanctions for Russia, so they will have to use their own chipsets. The Baikal micro processor will be designed by a unit of  T-Platforms, a producer of supercomputers. It will get funding from state defense bigshot Rostec and cofinanced by giant company Rosnano.

State funding is insured here and the final products will be the Baikal M and the M/S chips, based on the 64 bit core Cortex A57 made by UK firm ARM. The frequency is 2 GHz and the chip is meant for PCs and micro servers. The Baikal chips will be installed on PCs in the government bodies and state firms, that purchase almost 1 million personal computers each year.