Earlier, we have already told you about the domestic company Baikal Electronics, which is engaged in designing integrated circuits based on ARM and MIPS architectures. Previously, the company’s processors under the name Baikal-T1 were available for purchase exclusively to legal entities. However, in the first quarter of 2018, they will go on free sale and will be available for purchase to everyone without exception.
Single-board computers without a graphics subsystem based on Baikal-T1 processors will go on sale at a price of 50,000 rubles. This is four times cheaper than 200,000 rubles, for which the same computers were previously offered to legal entities. The management of Baikal Electronics connects the sharp drop in value with the increase in production capacity and, correspondingly, the circulation of processors, as well as the fact that the price does not include technical support from manufacturers, which was previously a mandatory option for legal entities. At the moment, the processors are manufactured at the factory of the Taiwanese company TSMC.
Among other things, the processor manufacturer has launched a service that allows free testing of the performance of chips through official sites baik.al and baikal.cs.msu.ru. This project was launched on the basis of the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of Moscow State University. Using the resources of the virtual laboratory, you can evaluate the performance of the processors and also try the application and system software. As a matter of priority, access to equipment is provided to MSU staff, as well as to members of research teams from Russia and foreign countries.
Recall that 32-bit dual-core processors Baikal-T1 do not try to compete with popular solutions from Intel and AMD. They are aimed primarily at use in various telecommunications equipment, industrial automation, military sphere and so on. The chip was developed by Russian specialists using a licensed processor core unit from Imagination Technologies. The processor is manufactured on a 28 nm process technology, with each of its cores running at 1.2 GHz. To date, the company “Baikal Electronics” produces this processor in batches exceeding 100,000 pieces