Russia Announces Increased Microelectronics Support

Russia Announces Increased Microelectronics Support

The Russian government has approved a program for the development of the electronic industry in 2015-2025 requiring up to 517 billion rubles for the coming years (US$ 16.4 billion). According to the Russia website, CNews, Minister of Industry Denis Manturov has received approval for the program that is planned to allocate 180 billion rubles, including 19 billion rubles in 2013 ($605 million).  According to the Minister, the main focus of the program are special electronics designed for the production of armaments, military and special equipment, but microelectronic components for the automotive industry and energy sector will also receive emphasis.

In other news, SITRONICS Microelectronics began supplying the first memory chips designed for 90 nm technology. First customers were "The Institute of Electronic Control Computers named after I.S.Bruk” (INEUM), Ostec Enterprise Ltd, "Scientific research institute "Submicron" and "Zelenоgrad innovation and technology centre" (ZITC). In addition to microcontroller memory, SITRONICS Microelectronics plans to produce SIM-cards with digital signature (EDS) and telecom chipsets on the 90nm line.

In late October, IBM and the Scientific and Production Association (SPA) “Angstrem” signed two agreements to spur technology innovation.  In the first agreement, IBM has licensed Angstrem integrated circuit technology for 90nm production for use at the newly built fab in Zelenograd. In addition to the 90nm technology license, Angstrem will receive design rules from IBM required for contract manufacturing organizations so that the company will be able to offer "Smart Foundry" services to Russian and foreign customers. The second agreement outlines areas of potential mutual cooperation in the field of research and development activities with the use of advanced technology.

SEMI strongly supports the industry development in Russia. SEMI is involved in industry advocacy, trade missions and public policy, working with high-ranking government officials. The annual SEMICON Russia exhibition and technical conferences are offered to support the industry. 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.

“With Russia’s accession to the WTO set to go into effect by June of 2012, trade barriers will ease creating significant opportunities for SEMI member companies,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “SEMICON Russia is timed perfectly to capitalize on these developments.  Russian leaders from the semiconductor, PV, LED and other industries will be attendance, exploring partnership, technology solutions, and sourcing options.”

Last year over 2,200 buyers, engineers, scientists and business executives attended SEMICON Russia to learn about the latest industry developments and explore solutions with the 93 exhibiting companies.  SEMICON Russia 2013, to be held next year at the ExpoCenter Moscow on June 5-6, will focus on these favorable trends and help facilitate buyer-seller and partnership opportunities. For more information on SEMICON Russia, visit www.semiconrussia.org.

November 8, 2012