SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. Monday (May 24) said it has hired as many as 600 engineers currently working at Russia's Unipro and the Moscow Center for Sparc Technologies (MCST), which is sometimes known as Elbrus, according to the Financial Times Web site.
Intel has also licensed the technology from MCST, which is working on 32- and 64-bit processors, according to the report. Formed in 1992 as government funding was failing what had been an academic institute, MCST decided to base its Elbrus microprocessor around the Sparc architecture.
In late February 2004, MCST claims it delivered samples of the first Russian-made microprocessor, dubbed the MCST R-500. The chip has a feature size of 0.13-micron, clock frequency 450-to-500-MHz, and a power consumption less than 1W. The samples run under Solaris and Linux OS.