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Russia to Build 8-Core RISC-V CPUs for Laptops, Government Systems | Joel Hruska, Extreme Tech

By July 25, 2021August 3rd, 2021No Comments

RISC-V has attracted a great deal of interest across the computing industry for its open-source instruction set architecture and rapidly evolving ecosystem. There are reports that Russia plans to build new RISC-V based CPUs by 2025. The new chips would be built in a three-way agreement between Rostoc (a technology investment firm), server company Yadro, and the design firm Syntacore. The total cost of the project is estimated at ~$400 million USD or approximately 30 billion rubles.

The goal is to build 60,000 eight-core CPUs clocked at 2GHz for government systems, Anandtech reports. The project budget will be provided by anchor customers and the Russian government, with the latter kicking in 1/3 of the total cost. Syntacore already builds RISC-V CPU clusters, so the 2025 chip would seem to be an evolution of products the company has already brought to market.

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