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Russia's Next-Generation Elbrus-8C Chips To Be Ready in 2016

Development of the 8-core Elbrus-8C microprocessor is said to be in its final stages, and will go into mass production in early 2016, UIMC's Director General Alexander Yakunin claimed.

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United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), a member of Rostec, has said Russia's next-generation microprocessor - the 8-core Elbrus 8C - will go into mass production in early 2016, RIA Novosti reports. The news was delivered by UIMC's Director General Alexander Yakunin at the "IT in the Service of the Military-Industrial Complex" conference in Innopolis, near Kazan, Tartasan, yesterday.

According to Mr. Yakunin, the Elbrus-8C marks a considerable milestone in Russia's burgeoning electronics industry, which the federal government is backing heavily in order to fulfill its import substitution plan that mandates Russia move away from its reliance on foreign technology. "Our security is directly dependent on the functionality of IT equipment, which must operate correctly and be free from external interference and threats," Yakunin told delegates at the conference.

The announcement comes shortly after Baikal Electronics made another significant breakthrough with the release of the first engineering samples of its Baikal-T microprocessor with MIPS P5600 CPU, built using a 28nm process.

"The development of the Elbrus-8C is in its final stages, and the first engineering release is undergoing testing," Yakunin continued. "Work is being carried out by the Institute of Electronic Control Machines (INEUM) in cooperation with the Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies (MCST), and we're planning to go into production early next year."

The architecture, circuit design and topology of the Elbrus-8C were fully developed by INEUM and MCST specialists. The chip boasts a clock speed of 1.3 GHz, with a performance of 250 Gflops, reports 3D News. By way of comparison, the previous generation Elbrus-4C, built on 65nm technology, is five times slower, clocking in at 800Mhz with performance at 50 Gflops. Yakunin claimed the Elbrus-8C will be comparable with the 2012 Intel core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors.

Along with the new processor, INEUM and MCST are hoping to release a new controller and peripheral interfaces to ensure compatibility with external devices.

"Technology built with foreign components poses a great threat to the nation's security in critical areas like infrastructure management and production," Yakunin warned. "The biggest concern is data protection and preventing any external interference in our equipment. This is why the emergence of our own technologies is a huge step forward for Russia."

Despite the promise of the Elbrus-8C, Russia's developers aren't standing still. Baikal Electronics has made significant progress on the development the Baikal-T's successor, the Baikal-M, and hopes to have samples ready by next year. Meanwhile, INEUM and MCST have already begun developing the 8-core Elbrus-16C, which will be built on the same 28nm technology and boast a frequency of 1.5GHz with a 512 Gflops capacity, Yakunin revealed.

The fourth edition of the "IT in the Service of the Military-Industrial Complex" conference is organized by Rostec, the state corporation responsible for the development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products for civil and defense sectors. This year's event is taking place in Innopolis, Tatarstan from May 26 until May 29, and is being attended by delegates from over 800 law enforcement agencies, military-industrial contractors, Russian and foreign IT companies.

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