Eliptech, a former unit of Sber, the nation’s largest cloud service provider and “state-controlled bank,” has created the ET113-MB, a new SSI MEB form-factor motherboard, which is powered by a Baikal Electronics “sample” Baikal BE-S1000 SoC and provides 768GB of DDR4-3200 memory.
The Baikal-S CPU, built utilizing 16nm technology, has 48 Arm Cortex-A75 cores. Due to “geopolitical conflicts,” the SoC is no longer manufactured for the general public and is now being used in Eliptech’s new server motherboard, according to IT Home.
The Baikal BE-S1000 CPU has a base frequency of 2.0 GHz, a maximum boost frequency of 2.5 GHz, and power consumption of 120W. This distinctive SoC offers four-way parallelism and has a built-in coprocessor with a patented RISC-V architecture for data management and safe booting. With 128GB of memory in each channel, six 72-bit memory interfaces may offer a combined 768GB of memory.
This chipset is said to be closely compared to the AMD EPYC 7351 and the Intel Xeon Gold 6148 CPU. While the AMD EPYC 7351 CPU has 16 cores and a boost speed of 2.9 GHz, the Intel Xeon Gold 6148 has 20 cores. Four U.2 ports are available on Eliptech’s new ET113-MB motherboard, which is located in a unique configuration and gives them outside the main board. It is impossible to attach external boards on the bracket’s multiple slots without doing so. The ET113-MB also has audio connectors, which are impractical for server usage but appear more appropriate for desktop corporate workstations.
The motherboard has five PCIe Gen4 x16 (4×4) slots, one USB 2.0 connector, and two 1 GbE interfaces. These features enable the motherboard to manage multiple SSD or SATA drives as well as PCIe Gen4 SSDs (x4). The user will start to see the limitations of the Eliptech ET113-MB motherboard after 2.5 to 3.5-inch drives are connected to the motherboard. The SATA connectors on the board need L-shaped plugs, which adds another restriction to its use.
It is unclear why the motherboard was developed given that Taiwan is where the Russian Baikal CPU’s originating location resides. Russia’s extensive chip procurement mechanism, as noted by Reuters in December, more than makes up for its inability to provide unique gear for its military operations.
Despite the restrictions, Russia is a large country with a sizable economy that can invest enormous sums of money in just about anything. It can hardly afford a processor like the Nvidia H100, but it has plenty of money for products like the BE-S1000. New government-funded businesses start to appear during this time.