The First Russian Monoblock PC on the new Baikal Chip and Domestic Linux Released

24 August 2020

By Denis Voeykov

Edelweiss, being the first of three Russian developers to launch monoblock PCs based on the domestic Baikal-M mobile processor, announced the release of its touchscreen PC based on this chip. The releases of new products from its competitors are expected any day.

Baikal-based Sensor Monoblock

As it became known to CNews, the Russian Edelweiss company engaged in the electronics development, had released monoblock computer with a touch screen based on the domestic Baikal-M processor. Apparently, this is the first completed PC running on this chip.

The company’s Executive Director Aleksandr Grishchenkov said in a conversation with CNews that as of that date the PC was presented in the form of engineering samples. “Now the product is submitted for testing to various organizations, and after the tests, the industrial batch run will be formed,” he said. “We do not disclose information about potential customers yet.”

According to Grishchenkov, the estimated cost of the device will be from RUB 150 thousand, depending on its version. Edelweiss believes that first of all corporate customers for whom technological independence is important may be interested in computers.

It is noteworthy that this is not about adapting a previously existing PC for Baikals, but about a specialized development for domestic chips. “This is a new step towards import substitution of computing technology targeted at the mass market of IT equipment,” says Grishchenkov. “The monoblock is the first of a series of consumer computing devices that we plan to bring to the market in the near future.”

The top manager did not give details as to whether this range would also be based on Baikals, or other processors would be involved.

According to CNews, Russian Depo and 3Logic companies should also present their monoblocks based on Baikal-M from day to day. Presumably, the presentations will take place at the Army 2020 international military-technical forum, which was opened on August 23, 2020, in Kubinka outside Moscow

Cooperation of Russian Developers

Let us remind you that the processor used in the Edelweiss PC, developed by Baikal Electronics, was introduced to the market in early October 2019. Unlike the company’s first chip, Baikal-T1 on the MIPS architecture (created in accordance with the RISC concept, i.e., for processors with an abbreviated set of commands), Baikal-M is implemented on the ARM architecture.

A month ago, on July 22, 2020, it was Edelweiss that announced the creation of the first motherboard based on Baikal-M, within the mini-ITX form factor. At the time of release, ATX and mini-ATX were also in development. At the same time, it was reported that in addition to the Baikal Electronics professionals, the developers of the range of the domestic ALT OS by Basalt SPO took part in the creation of the board.

This company’s ALT workstation operating system is preinstalled on the new Edelweiss monoblock. It is included in the Unified Register of Domestic Software under the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and is compatible with a significant set of applications from this register, including CryptoPro CSP, Dr.Web, PostgresPro, DirectumRX, etc.

Technical Specifications of the PC

Edelweiss assures that all circuitry solutions of the monoblock were developed in Russia by their own engineers. The system supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, M.2 M key expansion slots (PCIe 3.0 x 4) for NVME SSD, PCIe 3.0 x8, and 2x SATA 3.0 6 Gb/s.

The computer has a set of I/O interfaces that include USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectors, an optical S/PDIF port and a single headphone/microphone jack, audio out and line in.

The touch screen has a diagonal of 23.8 inches, Full HD resolution, and an IPS matrix. According to the developer’s description, the platform is equipped with a retractable webcam with a dual (stereo) microphone, which is hidden inside the body and excludes the possibility of hidden video surveillance.

Source: CNews, 24.08.2020


Baikal Electronics is a joint venture between the T-Platforma Russian supercomputer developer and the T-Nano nanocenter of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. The company specializes in the design of the ARM- and MIPS-based integrated chips and crystal systems. The company’s developments are designed for use in the energy-efficient computer and industrial systems with different performance and functionality.

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