The beginning of last year’s deliveries of domestic Baikal processors and the successful development of the Alt Linux domestic operating system opened up the possibility of creating a secure computing system for business and the public sector. This opportunity was taken by the Russian company Hamster Robotics, which has developed the HR-MPC-1 desktop mini-PC and is ready to start producing systems for interested customers.
According to CNews Internet resource, the development of the project was completed before the beginning of this year. In principle, “Hamster Robotics” is able in a short time to start producing new items in batches of up to 10 thousand pieces. The price of the issue promises to be from 25 to 30 thousand rubles. Inspection shipments may begin no later than May. However, the coronavirus pandemic made changes to the initial plans, and the mass production of mini-PCs can be carried over to the fall months.
The HR-MPC-1 system is based on the 28nm BE-T1000 processor from Baikal Electronics. Previously, it was a Baikal-T1 model based on MIPS architecture. In the arsenal of Baikal Electronics there are also processors based on the ARM architecture. The production of processors, as far as one can judge, is engaged in the Taiwanese TSMC.
In the HR-MPC-1 mini-PC case with dimensions 115 × 115 × 35 mm, there is a motherboard with a processor on two superscalar cores P5600 MIPS 32 r5. The memory is represented by the DDR3-1600 MHz module. The power consumption of the system is 5 watts. SSD or HDD is an optional solution. The ports and interfaces built into the mini-PC (including the connectors on the board) include two Ethernet 1 Gb / s ports, two SATA 3.0 ports and USB 2.0, I2C, SPI, GPIO, UART, RS-232, RS-485, HDMI and DVI, as well as a Wi-Fi module.
Alt Linux operating system preinstalled on HR-MPC-1 was developed by Bazalt SPO. The developers admit that this mini-PC on the Baikal processors is unlikely to interest ordinary users, but the public sector and business should be interested in this development, since it gives a guarantee against the so-called “bookmarks” that are present in the software and hardware of foreign companies .
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