Russia Industry And Trade Ministry To Replace Untrusted Intel And AMD Processors With Their Own ARM Designs - HotHardware
Russia Industry And Trade Ministry To Replace Untrusted Intel And AMD Processors With Their Own ARM Designs

Russia Industry And Trade Ministry To Replace Untrusted Intel And AMD Processors With Their Own ARM Designs

Sometimes, it's just better to build something yourself - even microprocessors. That's something that Russia proved this week as it was announced that the government would be funding a project to build a custom CPU, codenamed Baikal. The deal is worth "dozens of millions" of dollars, and supercomputer designer T-Platforms will be the firm to head-up development.

Like every other country on earth, Russia wants to keep its secrets and internal information secret and internal. As such, it feels that it can't trust American-built processors, eg: Those made by Intel and AMD. Given the fact that it's been heavily rumored that the NSA has worked with both of those companies in the past, and also that it is possible to build a nearly undetectable backdoor in computer hardware, it's easy to understand why Russia wants to go this route. It's an ambitious one, however.


Russian Linux distro "ROSA"

Russia's Baikal processor will be built around an ARM Cortex A57, which ties into Vladimir Putin's goal, established in 2010, to move all government computers over to Linux - another move that's easy to understand given the OS' open-source and modular nature.

Building a custom microprocessor isn't "easy", but it is very feasible for governments which have millions to throw at such a product. If Russia's going down this route, which basically mimics China's move to Linux backed by a custom processor (MIPS-based Loongson), I can't help but wonder if other countries might follow-suit as well. One thing's for sure: neither AMD or Intel will be fond of these moves.

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i must have missed something... but "untrusted"???

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Russia wants to be as self-reliant as possible, because it feels it can't trust other countries, like the USA. That mentality was definitely kicked-up a notch with the NSA revelations.

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That IS the usual "excuse" for nationalism - it's fear of being embargoed; doesn't matter if it is computer chips or corn chips or potato chips. (Why have embargoes been a "cause for war" since before the birth of the original Roman Empire?) Russia is ALREADY being slapped with several sanctions - however, that doesn't surprise Putin or his cabal - remember, they have previous experience with them from the Cold War. And there are plenty of countries (or corporations, or even groups of people) who would love nothing better than to screw around with the "powers that be" for whatever reason - mostly because of grudges.

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Americans so arrogant - you think you can spy on everyone in the world who uses your computers, then when people want to use hardware that isn't spying on them then you call it nationalism and Putin's fault

LOL typical Americans, living in lala-land

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I'm American, and if I knew those rumors were true then I wouldn't use American computers. :P

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Tony Alexander

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I can't say that I blame them for doing this. It goes to their national security after all,........

I think that other countries will do the same thing.

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too much russia even in dota 2.........

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Russia scares about nsa scripts .

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them commies man

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... and right when you thought Russia was going to break through to modern times... bam! back to the cold war!

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I wouldnt put a Russian processor in my pc even if i was payed

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