Russia feels constrained. This applies to many areas of Russian life. One of them is the import of technological solutions and components from Western countries. The Russians, in a certain defensive reaction, came to the conclusion that what was limited or taken from them would simply try to replace it with their own efforts. This was supposed to be the case with the build of the Russian Baikal processor and laptop. Now, however, it turns out that no one is producing it.
Sanctions against Russia also include a ban on the import of certain technologies. Here we are talking about processors from the main companies in this field Intel and AMD. In this case, the Russians decided to show that they did not need the West in anything. Going one step further, we announced two proprietary processors (Baikal-S for data centers and Baikal-M for PCs) and their Bitblaze laptop design. The processor is designed by Russia, but licensed by the British company ARM.
Kommersant announced that the plan had finally been frozen. The problem is that no one is willing to start producing the necessary processors.
The Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC was responsible for implementing the Russian plan of Baikal Electronics. The Russians planned production to reach 300,000. By the end of this year, double that number by the end of 2025. However, the Taiwanese company informed the Russians that they would not produce a processor for data centers. In addition, they will not offer a version for computers that they have already started to produce.
ARM is important in this regard, selling licenses for the processor architectures on which the largest companies build their units. However, the inclusion of Baikal Electronics in the UK government’s sanctions list renders the Taiwanese company unable to cooperate, as such a move on its part would violate the law, which is not an option.
The current situation for Russians means the need to postpone building their own products or focus on products that can be supported by technology on site.
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