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    Against the backdrop of increasing technological sanctions that complicate the production of domestic microelectronics, Russian companies are switching to the development of processors based on the open RISC-V architecture. The computer technology manufacturer Aquarius plans to start producing microelectronics based on this architecture and expects to receive a subsidy from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the project. Interest in developments on RISC-V is also shown by F + tech (part of Marvel Distribution) and the developer of the Aurora operating system, controlled by Rostelecom, Open Mobile Platform.

    Large Russian manufacturer computer technology “Aquarius” plans to start developing microelectronics on the open architecture RISC-V, says the interlocutor of “Kommersant” in the core market and confirms the top manager of a large Russian electronics manufacturer. According to one of the sources, back in 2021, Aquarius was negotiating with Russian suppliers of IP blocks for RISC-V and was recruiting a development team. Potentially, clarifies the source, Aquarius will be able to produce processors at Micron. The company also expects to apply for a subsidy from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for this project, the sources say. The ministry did not answer Kommersant‘s question about receiving the application.

    Right now, two projects are underway, they are related to the development of service microcircuits in which the RSIC-V architecture can really be used, confirmed Kommersant ” in Aquarius: “As for Mikron, as soon as the plant is ready to cooperate on the production of products using 90 nm technology, we will take this into account in our plans and will cooperate with them.” Mikron declined to comment.

    Other Russian companies are already interested in the RISC-V architecture. Plans to develop processors on RISC-V were announced by Yadro (part of ICS Holding): back in 2019, the company acquired 51% of the processor developer Syntacore (see Kommersant dated November 5, 2019). Other chipmakers followed a similar path: in September 2021, Varton Investment Company (controls Baikal Electronics) acquired 34% in the Russian developer of IP blocks for RISC-V processors CloudBear, follows from SPARK-Interfax. The deal fits into the product strategy of the company, which intends to release AI accelerators on this architecture in 2024 (see Kommersant dated September 6, 2021). The development and production of microcontrollers on RISC-V is already being carried out by the electronics manufacturer Milandr.

    On September 22, the Alliance Risk 5 association was established (it was headed by the president of the Big Data Association Anna Serebryanikova), RISC-V prospects now also studying F + tech (Marvel Distribution structure, manufactures smartphones). Marvel Distribution did not answer “b”.

    In addition, the interlocutors say that the Open Mobile Platform (OMP, developer of the Aurora operating system, controlled by Rostelecom). OMP CEO Pavel Eiges told Kommersant that the company “looks with great interest at the intentions of a number of companies to develop processors based on the RISC-V architecture and is ready to participate in such projects.”

    Kommersant‘s interlocutor in Russian in the electronics market says that in the current conditions in which international cooperation with foreign companies (ARM, Imagination Tech, etc.) is impossible, RISC-V has become the most promising architecture for domestic chipmakers. The fact is that development on RISC-V, as on an open architecture, does not require obtaining any permissions for the development and release of electronics with this architecture, he notes: “Any company can download the specification for the command system available on the riscv.org website. and develop your own processor with it, or use ready-made RISC-V implementations published in the public domain, for example, from Alibaba.

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