Couple of news from MCST:
MCST is preparing the release of motherboards based on the processor Elbrus-2GM produced on Micron
Moscow, Zelenograd: December 25, 2014 - JSC "MCST", a developer of high-performance universal Russian microprocessors and computer systems, announces the launch of a pilot production of compact motherboards "Monokub-M" on the basis of the first dual-core microprocessors domestic " Elbrus-2GM " produced on 90 nm technology of "Mikron", the largest in Russia and CIS manufacturer and exporter of microelectronics within the industry holding RTI.
Fee "Monokub-M" - in-house development JSC "MCST", based on commercially available motherboard "Monokub" . The board is made in a small form factor mini-ITX and has a rich set of interfaces: PCI-Express 1.0, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, VGA, DVI, SATA 2.0, IDE (CompactFlash), RS-232, GPIO. Microprocessor "Elbrus-2GM" is a key element of the board. On the basis of the board "Monokub-M" and the supplied operating system "Elbrus" can create a domestic compact computer, candy bar, mini-server or network storage, as well as a trusted system with a high level of protection against phishing attacks.
This may sound like nothing amazing due to being old style technology, but what makes this big is that this is talk about outright full production in local zelenograd (who can make up to 65nm tech so far) and this is aimed at the domestic market for specific goods. Such as this:
News partners: announced storage system with a processor Elbrus-2C +
Joint development of storage systems announced two rossiykie companies: the developer of management software for storage and RAIDIX company Promobit with server platform BitBlaze. Development is carried out in partnership and with the support of JSC "MCST".
Used Russian system platform based processor Elbrus 2C + . SAN supports up to 60 SATA hard drives with "hot-swappable" in a compact form factor (4U for 60 drives 3.5 ").
This is very important. This company who specializes in making NAS' for cluster systems, will be offering NAS' that are powered with Elbrus 2GM (or 2c+) processors (2GM is 2C+ for domestic market as my understanding) and this will allow MCST to finally enter the domestic consumer market with their product. The MCST 2C+ is a good choice as most NAS' these days run a real slow and cheap motorolla MIPS processor and thus the Elbrus 2C+ will provide better performance that would be quite adiquate for NAS use (NAS' are not that intensive for a processor). If MCST can sign more contracts for this or Elbrus 4C for domestic server use (data servers, NAS', routers, etc) then the products not only will get cheaper overall in the long run, make Russia more self reliant, but also bring in lots of income for MCST to further their research and development.
There was a recent test of the Elbrus 4C at 700mhz, on a single core, running Doom 3 BFG edition: http://mcst.ru/testirovanie-raboty-obnovlennoj-graficheskoj-podsistemy-i-apparatnogo-3d-uskoreniya-na-processore-elbrus4s
Mind you, performance wasn't that good, but my understanding it is fairing quite well for a processor running at a very low frequency for a game that demands a semi-hefty processor even on minimum requirements. Which would mean that if the processors frequency was higher (around 1.5ghz), then the game would be running far better (significantly better). And this proves, that even though the game was not designed around the CPU (as all games on PC are designed around the CISC architecture as that is what is mostly to only used in games these days unless it is console), is capable of actually doing the job as well. It would be more interesting to see it run a game that is multithreaded though.
Now MCST should push Elbrus 8C for domestic consumption and start working with game developers to develop the games around the processor, much like Nintendo using the PowerPC RISC processor.