Market Status and SEMI Activities in Russia

Market Status and SEMI Activities in Russia

By Heinz Kundert, president, SEMI Europe

What’s going on in Russia? By all accounts, there’s a lot of activity in the industry. Due to the Russia national modernization plan and decisions made by both the industry and the government, the semiconductor sector is moving forward with regard to both technological advances and fab investment.

Investments in Russia from the Development Bank have increased 80% over 2009. Beneficiaries are key industrial enterprises including electronics, infrastructure, transport engineering, etc. The most important projects going on in Russia are:

  • Mikron merged with RTI and continues to invest: The “inside” merge between Mikron and RTI, both belonging to Systema will strengthen the position of both. RTI manufactures high-end complex microelectronics for communication, safety and defense, whereas Mikron is heading for consumer near mass-production products. The merger promises concerted R&D spending and critical mass manufacturing. Production launch of 200 mm project (0.09 um CMOS EEPROM) at Mikron is scheduled for November 2011.
  • Angstrem-T project is now financed: Backed by Vladimir Putin, the decision was taken to open financing line to ANGSTREM-T project based on equipment purchased from AMD. The project will now move forward.
  • Crocus Technologies invested US$ 300 million into 65nm MRAM: Crocus Technologies announced that they closed an agreement with RUSNANO to create an advanced MRAM manufacturing company in Russia. The combined investment totals $300 million and they will manufacture medium- to high-density MRAM products based on Crocus’ Thermally Assisted SwitchingTM (TAS) MRAM technology at 90nm and 65nm lithography.
  • RUSNANO made its first co-investment in a project to expand production of ESTO-Vacuum automated vacuum units (ESTO-Vacuum is located in Zelenograd).
  • RUSNANO co-invested in the development of electronic components for MEMS (for use in sensors), computing and telecommunications equipment with participation of SiTime.
  • RUSNANO finalized an investment in Plastic Logic: $700 million total investment project will include building the world’s largest commercial Plastic Electronics factory in Zelenograd. 
  • Israeli Technology ALOX™ assigned to the city of Vladimir the LED Substrate Production Project. 

Co-investors in the project are RUSNANO and a venture fund established with the participation of Russian Venture Company and Israeli company Micro Components Ltd., the developer of the technology.

  • RUSNANO is expanding the production of sapphire and sapphire wafers for LED investing in Monocrystal Ltd. This will increase the industrial production of single-crystal sapphire and sapphire substrates for LEDs and high-frequency integrated circuits, as well as silver-and aluminum composite pastes for the metallization of silicon solar cells.
  • The Optogan Group released its first original domestic LED lamp on the Russian market. The E27 bulb was designed in cooperation with the design studio art.lebedev to replace the 60W incandescent bulb.

SEMI strongly supports the industry development in Russia. SEMI is involved in industry advocacy and public policy, working with high-ranking government officials. The annual SEMICON Russia exhibition and technical conferences are offered to support the industry. In addition, technology and industry experts visit the EU, leading companies and institutes, and expositions and conferences.

To support Russian development, SEMI also has a Russian Advisory Committee with 15 members from Russia and Western Europe, as well as partnerships with High-Tech Clusters, Special Economic Zones, the Russian PV Industry Association, the Russian LED Industry Association, and the Renewable Energy Association of Ukraine. 

If you would like more detail, see the detailed Russian Market article in this issue. If you have questions,  contact Alla Famitskaya, regional director, SEMI Moscow at  or contact me at


October 6, 2011