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.