The Ministry of Industry and Trade is dissatisfied with the delay in the production of Russian processors

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has applied to the Moscow Arbitration Court with a claim for 257.3 million rubles against the Baikal Electronics company. Information about this is contained in the card of the Moscow Arbitration Court. The reason for the claim is violation of the terms of the project for the development of the Baikal-S processor.

As told to “RG” in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the reason for filing the claim is “the timing of achieving the target subsidy indicators.” We are talking about the development of the Baikal-S server processor according to the 2016 project. As part of the subsidy, the Ministry of Industry and Trade allocated 1.2 billion rubles to Baikal Electronics for the development of the processor, with a total project cost of 2.49 billion rubles.

The general director of Baikal Electronics, Andrei Evdokimov, said that the state’s claims are connected “with the closure of a subsidized project for the development of the Baikal-S server processor, in particular, with a delay in the timing of the project.” According to Evdokimov, the Ministry of Industry and Trade operates within the legal framework in accordance with the established legal practice.

The completion date of the Baikal-S project was originally set as November 30, 2019. However, the processor was only released in November 2021. As RG was told in Baikal Electronics, in the first quarter of 2022, Russia will receive a batch of six hundred Baikal-S processors, some of which will be used for testing purposes by the developer himself, and the rest will be transferred to partners. The first large-scale batch of thousands of processors is expected before the end of the third quarter of 2022.

The Baikal-S processor is a universal platform with support for hardware virtualization, which has 18 types of different communication interfaces, suitable for systems with increased security requirements, in particular, it can be used to create a conavergent infrastructure.

“The decisions of government agencies have made this processor extremely popular,” says Sergey Vilianov, IT expert, head of The market is looking forward to Baikal-S, they are ready to produce ready-made solutions, and they are ready to buy, he says. A number of companies, including Sitronics, are currently developing servers that can use the Baikal-S processors. Prototypes of servers based on the ARMv8-A architecture will be presented immediately after the arrival of serial processors in Russia.

The Baikal-S processor is efficient and even exceeds the original characteristics

According to Evdokimov, Baikal-S is fully operational and in many respects significantly exceeds the initially required characteristics. As of the present moment, all the indicators required for the project have been achieved, the closing documentation is being prepared, which will be provided to the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the near future. At the same time, the company considers the size of the claim of the Ministry of Industry and Trade to be excessive.

This is the second lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade against Baikal Electronics. In August 2020, the ministry filed another similar claim with the Moscow Arbitration Court. For violation of the timing of the release of subsidized Baikal-M, the Ministry of Industry and Trade demanded 500.5 million rubles. Despite regular delays, in November 2021, Baikal Electronics received 9.44 billion rubles in subsidies from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the creation of two new processors from the Baikal line. We are talking about the creation of the Baikal-L processor for mobile devices, as well as the Baikal-S2, intended for cloud computing.

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