Russia’s Baikal reveals ARM processor roadmap

Russia’s Baikal reveals ARM processor roadmap

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The company, founded in 2012, is backed by Russian supercomputer firm T-Platforms and sovereign investment fund Rusnano. It announced its first chip in May 2015, the sub-5W Baikal-T1 that includes two MIPS P5600 cores and is aimed at applications in WiFi routes and home gateways. At the time the company revealed it was partnering with a number of western and southeast Asian companies including Imagination Technologies, ARM Holdings plc, IMEC, TSMC, ASE and the Global Semiconductor Alliance.

The Russian fabless semiconductor company, has now announced it will create high-performance ARM-based CPUs designed for applications in embedded systems, personal computers and servers to be delivered before the end of 2017 and implemented in 28nm manufacturing process technology.

The next round of chips to be delivered after 2017 will be based on 16nm technology the company said.

The initial processors stem from a partnership established in 2014 when Baikal Electronics licensed the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 processor and divide into three strands; the Baikal-M, the Baikal-MS and the Baikal-S. 

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Baikal-M addresses desktop PCs, embedded systems, industrial automation and computer imaging and features up to eight ARMv8-A cores, along with ARM Neon, SIMD coprocrocessors and up to eight Mali-T628 GPU cores. Engineering samples of this component are expected to arrive in the second half of 2016. 

For microservers and embedded systems the Baikal-MS also has up to eight ARMv8-A cores but will offer significant power consumption savings to reduce system cooling costs. It will include two 10Gbit Ethernet ports and engineering samples are expected toward the end of 2016. 

For server equipment: Baikal-S processor will have up to 32 ARMv8-A cores but be designed to consume less than 50W. This product will be built on 16nm process technology and engineering samples are expected at end of 2017. 

Svetlana Legostaeva, CEO of Baikal Electronics.

"We are working to ensure our products feature the most up-to-date technologies and interfaces," said Svetlana Legostaeva, CEO of Baikal Electronics, in a statement.

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