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Russia wants to make its own processors to replace Intel & AMD

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We may be entering a new cold war if comments from Elon Musk and today’s news out of Russia are anything to go by.

The Russian government is preparing to ditch all computers running x86 microprocessors from leading chip makers AMD and Intel, according to local news reports. In place of current chips, there is speculation that the government will begin using ARM chips — usually used within mobile devices — to power a new fleet of Linux-based computers.

These new chips are reportedly being built by supercomputer manufacturer T-Platform’s Baikal Electronics, while funding is coming from state-owned tech firm Rosnano and defense company Rostec.

While there’s been no official indication for the change in processors, some are speculating that it could have something to do with Russia being concerned about the security of the computers it uses within government facilities. At the same time, this could also be a case of Russia trying to build up its own tech industry rather than relying entirely on outside vendors.

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31 comments
Georgy Kurgan
Georgy Kurgan

Here's a piece of advice for those who take seriously what Russian government says: don't.

Steve Huang
Steve Huang

Marc, that is built on Intel processors....

Marc Werner
Marc Werner

china has the world's fastest computer ...

Min Choi
Min Choi

with an arm chip this is doable... just take a look at your smartphone and tell me what chip is inside. venturebeat you should think twice before posting up snarky headlines.

Joel Reyna
Joel Reyna

Why? If they reverse engineer the chip like they can do anything. Also, don't forget about their partnership with China who has being working on those kind of solutions for at least a decade now.

Adam Reed
Adam Reed

Powered by cabbage soup, Russian mafia, homophobia and toxic vodka.

Ryan Baptiste
Ryan Baptiste

All Russia's state owned entities hold pieces or board positions in many high tech publicly traded companies in the states. They probably have the blue prints already.

Steve Huang
Steve Huang

China is trying to do the same - I don't think it has gone well.

Glenn Darwis
Glenn Darwis

4 cores at 800 Mhz? Are you serious? Those engineers are probably living a dream working for Intel being able to innovate without the State breathing down their necks.

Glenn Darwis
Glenn Darwis

Bureaucracy and innovation don't mix. Can you imagine gov't determining the duration and speed of your CPU? They could make overclocking an offense punishable by jail time. Just stick with drilling for oil and nuclear bombs Putin. Intel and AMD's got this.

Adam Warren
Adam Warren

They have to compete against a firmly entrenched intel & AMD powerhouse. Who they gonna sell the chips to themselves?

Wendy Sue Buckleman
Wendy Sue Buckleman

Right idea wrong direction. You have to be kinding me that you could possibly not see we can have a better assembly language to run all our higher level languages than what came out right after the Vic 20?

Vitaly Stockman
Vitaly Stockman

They already have, VentureBeat haven't you heard of Elbrus? They were pioneers in fact Intel stole-hired some of the engineers from Elbrus. Just google "Elbrus 4C" for recent 4-core CPU.

Orun Bhuiyan
Orun Bhuiyan

VentureBeat: I guess that just because you have some of the world's most resourceful engineers and hackers, significant fiscal resources from raw materials and a history of disruptive scientific achievement doesn't mean you're likely to do it?

Mahesh Patel
Mahesh Patel

This is good for everyone. More the players the better the game.