Russians to dump x86 for ARM

Concerned about US spying, Vladimir Putin has decided to build a Russian processor to supplant x86 in government computers.

Russia believes that x86 processors may have back doors in them to send back information to the Americans.

The new Russian processor, dubbed Baikal, will use the ARM Cortex 64-bit A57 core.

Baikal will be developed by T-Platforms the Russian developer of supercomputers which sold a system to New York State University two years ago.

In April 2013, the US Department of Commerce banned T-Systems from using ICs made using US
technology. However the ban was lifted last January,

Four years ago Putin said he was moving all Russian government computers to Linux.

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