Russia debuts own CPU as it aims for US tech breakaway

11 May 2015

Russia has debuted its own CPU

Having previously announced it was to distance itself from US tech over cyber-security fears, Russian engineers have shown off their own CPU, heralding tech independence for the country.

Developed by the Moscow Centre for SPARC Technologies (MCST), the Eibrus-4C CPU could soon power the country’s entire government computer network, with the country having made its intentions in this area known last June.

Aside from the obvious political tensions between the US and Russia, both Putin and the Russian government had made their intentions clear following the release of the Edward Snowden revelations and the international snooping undertaken by the NSA.

According to Ars Technica, details of the Eibrus-4C remain scant, but it is known that it will feature x86 emulation, which should give it enough capability to support x86 hardware and should be cheaper than CPUs from the US.

Likewise, its clockspeed of 800MHz and 25 gigaflops should do an adequate job, but certainly doesn’t put it at heights seen with its international competitors, especially the US makes that it is so desperately trying to shed.

The MCST will now be selling its own desktop computer called the ARM-401, which will offer the Eibrus-4C CPU along with its own version of the Linux operating system, Eibrus.

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic