GS Group and Philax agree to collaborate on localising production

GS Group and Philax have announced that they will collaborate to implement a project to localise the production of electronic devices and components in the Russian Federation. The companies agreed to launch production of computer parts and accessories at the Technopolis GS innovation cluster based at research and manufacturing association DTS.

The trial products – desktop monitors and motherboards for desktop PCs – have already passed all tests. Sample products were presented at the ExpoElectronica-2021 exhibition, held in Moscow from 13 to 15 April, at the Technopolis GS stand, and the motherboards and monitors themselves are already being shipped to customers.

The motherboard is based on an AMD B450 chipset and fully meets the basic requirements of the average user in terms of its capabilities. For ease of integration with specific systems, the motherboard has PS/2 plugs, supports COM connection (with the option of moving the port to the packaging if necessary), and facilitates the installation of trusted computing modules, which is of vital importance to state organisations or financial structures, for example.

Main characteristics:

  • Supports AMD AM4 Ryzen™ 2000, 3000, and 5000 Series Desktop Processors;
  • Supports DDR4 3200 / 2933 / 2667 / 2400 / 2133 ECC and non-ECC memory up to 128 GB;
  • Supports up to three monitors;
  • 2x PCI Express 3.0 x16;
  • 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1;
  • 4x SATA3 6.0 GB/s, with support for RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10), NCQ, AHCI, and Hot Plug functions;
  • 2x USB 2.0 (protection against electrostatic discharge);
  • 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (protection against electrostatic discharge).

The motherboard produced for Philax is currently the only Russian development for AMD processors. Its functionality covers the basic requirements of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s register: computers which use it comply with the Catalog of Goods, Works and Services, and can be supplied to state structures. The evaluations, which should conclude with the motherboard’s inclusion in the State Industry Information System, are set to finish in May 2021.

In the near future, the companies plan to produce up to 50,000 monitors and at least 40,000 motherboards together. Furthermore, in the next 18 months, Philax plans to develop and produce a motherboard for monoblocks and compact barebones, acquire motherboards for the domestically produced processors Elbrus and Baikal, expand its production of monitors and joint work on a touch panel to meet the needs of educational institutions. There are also plans to move in this direction in partnership with GS Group.

“Producing Philax products with the capacity of GS Group is a wonderful example of effective and mutually beneficial intra-industrial cooperation, driven by the new development strategy for the radio-electronics industry. An ecosystem of developers and producers of highly complex electronic devices and solutions for the civilian market is gradually taking shape in Russia and is significantly accelerating the shift of our country’s critical information infrastructure to domestically-produced technologies and products. The development of the domestic production chain allows developers to quickly introduce new innovations and shortens the distance between the initial idea and the finished solution. The industry can grow and retain talented engineers. This is why we are developing Technopolis GS as an integrated business complex and implementing new production technologies,” stated the head of production development at GS Group, Fedor Boyarkov.

“DTS is a flagship of domestic electronics production,” commented Ivan Afinogenov, head of research and development at Philax, on the partnership, “working with it guarantees us high-quality assembly and minimal technical failures. All in all, this means happy customers, which is the most important thing for a business. We don’t just proudly say that we have Russian-made equipment (which, sadly, is not always the best), we also do everything we can to ensure that the end user gets to use their computer for as long as possible and get the most out of it. We are very pleased to be working with a reliable and technology-oriented company, which, on the one hand, minimises our risks, but which is also bolstering the status of goods designated as “made in Russia”.”