Russia has begun to produce its own critical electronics in order to improve stability and reduce its reliance on foreign markets. In addition to their current custom processors, they have also started manufacturing B450 motherboards to take advantage of AMD’s stellar Ryzen CPUs.
Russia’s GS Group and Philax announced a deal last week to manufacture “at least” 40,000 motherboards and 50,000 monitors. While the latter are still in the works, the motherboards are almost ready; they’ve passed all of the checks, have also been approved for government use, and are now available for pre-order for a limited number of customers in Russia.
The motherboard is built on the AMD B450 chipset and appears to be designed in the same way as the Micro-ATX Asrock B450M Pro4 (as discovered by Tom’s Hardware). It is different, though, because its core market is government offices and enterprises, and it does not have the same flashy appearance or feature collection. Despite having the same m.2 slots as the Pro4, the miniature drives, for example, are not classified as supported hardware.
According to the press release, the board “fully meets the basic needs of an ordinary user,” It supports Ryzen 2000, 3000, and 5000 series processors, as well as up to four 3200 MHz memory sticks and two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, as do most AMD B450 boards. It may have support for a TPM (trusted platform module) for enhanced protection as a condition of government approval.
GS Group will manufacture a broader range of laptop motherboards and displays in collaboration with Philax over the next 18 months, while still pursuing new collaborations with other firms to extend their electronics portfolio. Motherboards for the Russian Elbrus and Baikal processors, as well as touchscreen displays for schools and universities, are on the way.