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Desktop and All-in-One Arm Linux computers launched with Baikal-M processor

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The last time we wrote news about Baikal Electronics, the Russian company was offering MIPS-based processors, but they’ve now announced that several iRU-branded desktops and one all-in-one computer had been introduced with Baikal-M octa-core Cortex-A57 processor with Mali-T628 GPU, and support for up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, up to 3TB HDD.

The computers target the Russian market, especially business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) customers, with the use of Astra Linux distribution that contains Russian “data protection tools” such as ViPNet SafeBoot, PAK Sobol, and others.

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Russian Arm SoC now shipping in Russian PCs running Russian...

  • Russian Arm SoC now shipping in Russian PCs running Russian Linux

    Russian fabless semiconductor company Baikal is celebrating after local PC-maker IRU started using its silicon in a workstation.

    Baikal designs SoCs that employ Arm and MIPS technology. On the latter architecture, it offers the twin-core Baikal-T that it says is the "first silicon implementation of the MIPS P5600 CPU core with a wide range of high-speed interfaces".

    The model-T is said to be ideal for storage, industrial automation, communications devices, and desktops.

Company Reveals All-Russian PCs Using an Arm SoC and Linux

  • Company Reveals All-Russian PCs Using an Arm SoC and Linux

    iRU, a major PC maker from Russia, has started volume production of systems that are based on key domestic components. These include the Baikal-M SoC, motherboard, and an operating system based off Linux. The systems don't boast with high performance but are designed primarily for office workloads in various government institutions and government-controlled companies.

    The lineup of iRU's PCs based on the Baikal-M platform includes a 23.8-inch all-in-one desktop, regular desktops, and thin clients, the company announced on its website (via The Register). The PCs are powered by the Baikal-M SoC and can be equipped with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, up to a 1TB SSD, and up to a 3TB HDD. The manufacturer installs Astra Linux, Alt OS, Red OS, and other operating systems as well as software designed in Russia.

    The Baikal-M1 system-on-chip designed by Baikal Electronics integrates eight rather outdated Arm Cortex-A57 cores operating at 1.50 GHz and equipped with an 8MB of L3 cache. The SoC also includes an eight-cluster Arm Mali-T628 GPU. The SoC has six USB 2.0/3.0 ports (four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0), 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes, two GbE ports, and two 10GbE ports. The SoC is made using TSMC's 28nm fabrication process and has a 35W TDP.

All-Russian PCs featuring Arm SoC and Linux are now shipping

  • All-Russian PCs featuring Arm SoC and Linux are now shipping

    In brief: With Russia trying to lessen its reliance on US-sourced technology, one of the country's big PC makers, iRU, has started mass production of systems that use domestic components, creating what could be described as all-Russian PCs.

    As reported by The Register, iRU's PCs come with ARM SoCs from Russian fabless semiconductor company Baikal. The Baikal-M chip isn't going to threaten Apple's similarly named M1 SoC. It features eight Arm Cortex-A57 cores running at up to 1.5GHz, an eight-core Mali-T628 GPU, 35W TDP, dual-channel DDR3/4 support, 4MB L2 cache and 8MB L3 cache, PCIe 3, USB 3.0 and 2.0, and four Ethernet controllers (two at 10GB, two at 1GB). It is based on TSMC's aging 28nm process.

    The ARM Cortex-A57 was launched in 2012 and used in the Snapdragon 810 SoC that arrived in 2015 and the Tegra X1, which powers the Shield TV. Its successor, the A72, is part of the quad-core Broadcom BCM2711 SoC found in the Raspberry Pi 4.

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