Russia Now Makes CPUs with x86 Emulation

Russia Now Makes CPUs with x86 Emulation

Russia Now Makes CPUs with x86 Emulation

Russia Now Makes CPUs with x86 Emulation


Like China, Russia Now want technological independence from the US chip making companies AMD and Intel, with companies inside their own countries creating their own CPU designs. Russia's MCST (Moscow Center for SPARC Technologies) has wreated their Elbrus series of CPUs, which feature x86 Emulation. 

Russia's Elbrus CPU use their own Elbrus Instruction Set Architecture, a closed and proprietary architecture which has relatively little known about it, apart from it's x86 Emulation capabilities. It emulates x86 by translating x86 code and executing it through a virtual machine, this method is obviously not as fast as providing x86 support at a hardware level, but it does get the job done.  


Russia Now Makes CPUs with x86 Emulation


 The highest end chip that MCST have available at the moment is the Quad core Elbrus-4C, which is built on the TSMC 65nm process and is able to run at a speed of 800MHz, equating to 25 gigaflops of 64-bit double precision math. This CPU uses 986 million transistors, which is quite a lot given that this CPU does not use a integrated GPU.

Later this year, a newer chip by the name of the Elbrus-8S is to be put into production and sold on the Russian market. This part will be an 8-core processor on TSMC's 28nm process and will be intended for servers and workstations. Right now it is estimated to run at a speed of 1.3GHz. 


Russia Now Makes CPUs with x86 Emulation  

 As far as operating system support goes, it supports a special Linux Distro called Elbrus, but it can also support Windows XP and other x86 OS' through this CPU's x86 Emulation. 

Russian programmers have also shown the potential gaming performance of this CPU by using an Elbrus-4C to Run Doom 3 BFG at 1080p, which is not to shabby for a quad core at 800MHz.  



Recently the US's department of commerce has published a an online notice saying that it had refused Intel's application to export chips and components for China's Tianhe-2 and 3 other Chinese Supercomputers over fears that the Chinese are using these supercomputers for Nuclear research. The statement also said that places where the supercomputers are located were "acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States".

Intel has complied with the order made by the US government, meaning that China will have to accelerate their efforts to fabricate their own chipmaking efforts in order to upgrade their supercomputers, Russia it seems is thinking along the same lines. 

With the US supposedly controlling Intel and AMD's actions, blocking their ability to supply other nations with their chips if it so desires. This means that other home grown CPU making efforts will become commonplace in the future.


You can join the discussion on Russia's home grown chip making efforts on the OC3D Forums. 



Like China, Russia now want technological independence from the US, creating their own Elbrus CPUs with x86...

Posted by OC3D on Tuesday, 12 May 2015
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12-05-2015, 08:11:37

Doom 3 running @15fps lol i hope these are cheap.Quote

12-05-2015, 08:26:21


12-05-2015, 08:28:56

Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
hahahaha, that pretty much sums it up :PQuote

13-05-2015, 11:59:39

Originally Posted by cooperman View Post
Doom 3 running @15fps lol i hope these are cheap.
Somehow I don't think they 're building them to play Doom... I wonder if NSA is happy now...Quote

13-05-2015, 15:51:32

Lol 65nm Quote

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