The opening of production line with 90nm technology at JSC Mikron
JSC Rosnano and JSC Sitronics announce the opening of process unit working with 90 nm technology at the plant of JSC Mikron. The launch of the new line leads to the increase of production capacity of the plant up to 36 000 wafers with the diameter 200 mm (8 inch) per year. Total project’s budget is 16,5 bln RUB, including 6,5 bln RUB of the Rosnano co-funding.
Dmitry Rogozin, the chairman of the Russian government said: “In-house nonborrowed configuration baseline provides the self-sufficiency to our government. Therefore the Russian government will give all necessary aid to the projects of Sitronics and Rosnano.
Sergey Boev, the general director of JSC RTI systems pointed out that this project is very important from the strategic point of view. Innovations come out of achievements in micro and nanoelectronics. Russia is the eighth country owning 90 nm technology. This fact provides the local microelectronics producers with the opportunity to enter the markets of industrial electronics, smart cards as well as monitoring and security systems.
Andrey Malishev, the vice chairmen of executive board of Rosnano said that successful launching of this project founds the base for further development of Russian microelectronics and entrance to the global growing markets. 75% chips that are currently produced globally have 90 nm topology or more. This project is a bright example of joint investments of the government and private business into high technology production industry. Chip with 90 nm topology will be used in computer and automation systems, passport, smart-cards and in the applications working with the electronic government. Russian production base allows Russian high-tech companies to create gadgets with unique features paving their way for the world markets.
The president of Sitronics Mr. Sergey Aslanian said that the full production cycle with R&D center allowed our production facilities to incorporate into the world market using our own know-how and technologies. The project creates prospects for the Russian silicon valley rebirth and for the experts upbringing. We employ the best Russian engineers and scientists, nearly 300 people had practiced abroad, worked at various global production centers, and some of the engineers who had previously left Russia are now coming back.
Gennadiy Krasnikov, the CEO of Sitronics Microelectronics business division, emphasized the fact that besides the outcome of the serial production, the project itself will serve as an R&D base for testing and commercialization of the products of the Russian microelectronics know-how companies. For the new line launch 700 sq.m of clean zones have been built at Mikron, enlarging the plant’s infrastructure and adding supplementary equipment. 50 companies from 12 countries participated in the project. More than 110 engineers had undergone a training course at the production facilities of our partners and R&D centers abroad.