Sep 2, 2021
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Why PCs with Russian processors are not sold in the store

At the moment, about two processors have been created in our country, suitable for use in an ordinary universal personal computer. These are Elbrus and Baikal-M.

Elbrus even has built-in support for x86 instructions, which means you can run Windows on it if you want. On the other hand, “Baikal-M” has an ARM architecture, and this, in the opinion of many, is the architecture of the future for PCs, which in the course of time can, if not displace, then strongly move the Intel + Microsoft bundle. Apple has already begun the transition to this architecture. Thus, the world is really waiting for a revolution – the massive growth in popularity of the ARM architecture in the segment of user computers, which means that a PC based on the Baikal-M processor is not such a bad idea.

But why are they not on sale in regular stores? Yes, of course, we understand that due to the relatively small series, the price will most likely be higher than analogs. Yes, of course, the speed of these processors is not yet up to the top AMD or Intel, however, it is quite comparable to the lower-end models such as Celeron or Pentium, and they are also bought, which means that not everyone needs powerful PCs.

Yes, the demand is unlikely to be high, and developing a PC from scratch would probably not pay off and therefore would not make sense. But the fact of the matter is that computers already exist, they are designed and produced.

Yes, full of them!

Here’s an ordinary PC in a standard case on an Elbrus processor

And here’s a candy bar on the same processor:

And here is a car on Baikal-M:

And this is a candy bar on the Baikal-M processor:

And all these options are quite suitable for home and office tasks, take a look, a standard set of office applications:

I tried it – everything works pretty fast.

In short, computers on our processors will not make a revolution on the market, but they would definitely find some audience. If the machines have already been developed, are already being produced, so what is the problem with releasing them to the mass market?

At the last “Army” I talked in detail on this topic with one very important person directly involved in the problem of adapting these machines, and he told why there are no civilian “Elbrus” and “Baikal”.

The fact is that entering the consumer market means completely different requirements for the quality of service, warranty and maintenance. Geeks can now get themselves a computer based on domestic processors, and of course, getting them in a roundabout way, they are ready in advance for the lack of warranty and support.

But if you bought a computer in Citylink or CSN, even realizing that you are buying something unusual, you still want the same rights as other consumers. And the law on the protection of consumer rights cannot be circumvented in any way.

Therefore, in order to enter the mass market, it is necessary to carry out a huge amount of work, both legal and organizational. We’ll have to take on a lot of responsibility, and the relationship with the direct manufacturing plants will already be different.

It’s not that it’s very difficult, no, it’s just like learning to speak another language, because the language that is spoken in the framework of the state order within the framework of the mass consumer market does not work.

And if in very simple words: it is not clear whether the producers of Elbrus and Baikal will receive economic benefits, but they will get “hemorrhoids” for sure.

This is why these products are not available on the mass market.

However, the situation is changing. Recently I wrote that the Avtomatika Concern, part of Rostec, presented the first budget computer based on the Elbrus-2S3 processor intended for mass use. And when I heard this news, the most important conclusion from it for me is not that a new computer will be made, this is just not difficult, but that Rostec has decided to take on this responsibility and is ready to create a service system for individuals.

Roman Kovrigin

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