A Russian company called Baikal Electronics announced it was working on Baikal T1 dual core MIPS P5600 to provide an alternative to US based Intel and AMD processor last year, not too long after Edwards Snowden revaluations about the NSA malpractices. Good progress has been made as T-Platforms has now launched Tavolga Terminal TP-T22BT All-in-One computer with a 21.5″ display, up to 8 GB RAM, and the Baikal T1 processor running Debian 8.
TP-T22BT specifications (derived from product brief in Russian):
- Processor – Baikal dual core MIPS 5600 processor @ 1.0 GHz with 1MB L2 cache
- GPU – Silicon Motion SM750 GPU with 16MB video memory, 2D graphics acceleration
- System Memory – 2 to 8GB DDR3
- Storage – Optional 8GB NAND flash, optional 8GB SSD, and optional 2.5″ SATA drive (Baikal-T1 has a built-in SATA interface)
- Display – 21.5″ IPS Full HD (1920×1080) display with LED backlight
- Audio – PCM2912A codec, 2x 2.5W speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports, and 1x SFP module (100/1000M)
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – 1x PS/2 port, Kensington lock
- Power Supply – 110-230V, 50/60Hz AC
The terminal ships with a USB keyboard and mouse, and comes with a 3-year warranty. The GPU appears to be pretty weak, without 3D graphics, nor VPU, so it will probably mostly be used as a thin client or for office tasks.
T-Platforms also demonstrated SMARC 1.1 compliant SF-BT1 system-on-module used inside the terminal at Mobile World Congress and Embedded World 2016 with 2 to 8GB RAM, and all Baikal-T1 interfaces via the MXM 3 edge connector: 2x SATA 3.0, 1x PCie Gen3 x4, GPIOs, 1x 10 GbE, 2x GbE, etc..
The module supports Linux 3.19.
The computer can be purchased / pre-ordered now, but price has not been disclosed, and delivery is scheduled to start in Q2 2016, while the SMARC module with be available with 2GB and the full SDK in Q2 2016 as well, but other configurations will come a little later. More details can be found on TP-T22BT and SF-BT1 product pages, as well as on Imagination Blog.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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