A daughter firm of Rosatom, a nuclear vitality firm owned by the Russian authorities, is testing PCs from Delta Computer systems referred to as Beaver which are based mostly on a processor designed by Russia’s Baikal Microelectronics and a Linux distribution authorized to be used by state businesses. The corporate is making an attempt to exchange PCs designed by Western firms with one thing home, reviews 3DNews. However they could have an impediment of their manner.
Delta Computer systems’ Beaver is a small form-factor PC operating Baikal Electronics’s Baikal-M1 (BE-M1000) chip and the Astra Linux Particular Version working system. The Beaver can have as much as 64GB of DDR4 reminiscence and as much as 16TB of HDD and SSD storage. The machine has a number of USB Kind-A 2.0/3.0 ports, PS/2 connectors, an RS-232 header, two Ethernet ports, an HDMI output, and two 3.5-mm audio connectors for headphones and microphones. The PC could be upgraded with low-profile PCIe 3.0 x8 add-in-boards, corresponding to graphics playing cards. The system makes use of an LCD show, a corded keyboard, and a corded mouse.
“The priority has bought the primary batch of ‘Beaver’ home private computer systems based mostly on the Baikal processor and is on the brink of introduce them into the infrastructure of the Rosenergoatom vitality producing firm,” an announcement by Rosatom reads.
Delta’s Beaver is nothing particular if not for its Baikal-M1 SoC. The Baikal-M1 is a quite well-known processor that packs eight Arm Cortex-A57 cores with an 8MB L3 cache working at 1.50 GHz and mated with an eight-cluster Arm Mali-T628 GPU with two show pipelines. The SoC, which makes use of applied sciences from 2014 – 2015, is made by TSMC utilizing one among its 28nm-class course of applied sciences. However such processors can’t be shipped to a Russian or a Belarussian entity from Taiwan resulting from restrictions imposed by the federal government.
Whereas Rosatom might need procured samples of Beaver (Bober in Russian), Delta Computer systems cannot get sufficient processors because the proprietor of Baikal Microelectronics went bankrupt in late 2022.
It’s noteworthy that Delta is by far not the one Russian firm to develop a PC based mostly on the Baikal-M1, a processor that’s not produced in volumes. Bitblaze, a Russian model specializing in servers, storage techniques, and workstations, demonstrated its pre-production Bitblaze Titan BM15 pocket book final August. Whereas the corporate promised to promote the laptop computer later within the 12 months, the PC continues to be listed as ‘in growth’ on Bitblaze’s web site.