The factory "Micron", you may have to master the production of a new product — micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).
The company "Sitronics" conceived to adjust the industrial capacity of the factory "Micron" release of MEMS. If the project is implemented, it will be the first such production in Russia.
The global market for MEMS in demand by manufacturers of mobile gadgets and cars, more than 10 billion dollars (according to analyst firm Yole Development). At the same time, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the representative of the company in Russia, the demand for such products is now available. However, in the company of "Sitronics" expect to change the situation in the future.
"First and foremost, we are interested in technologies that do not require constant and expensive improvement by moving towards smaller and smaller design rules. To such products include, in particular, and MEMS. We are considering the start of development in this direction," — told RIA Novosti Director of Marketing, "Microelectronics" Karina Abagyan.
The project for the production of MEMS is now at the stage of studying market opportunities. After asking the market outlook, "Micron", which is the parent company division "Microelectronics" company "Sitronics" to decide on the right to license the technology and the choice of partner.
For the possible production of MEMS in Zelenograd will be mainly used existing facilities. For additional equipment and technology development will need to invest about $ 20 million. After the decision in principle that needs to be done in 2012, on the deployment project will take 1-1.5 years.
The category of MEMS, are widely used in electronic systems of vehicles and mobile devices include pressure sensors, motion, microphones, gyroscopes, compasses, image stabilizers and other devices that are at the intersection of analog and digital technology.
As the most suitable partner Abagyan sees Franco-Italian company STMicroelectronics, a leader in the global MEMS market. In co-operation with the same company for "Micron" launched the line of semiconductor manufacturing technology for 180 and 90 nm. Investment in this project, according to Abagyan, amounted to about $ 1 billion, with production lines are now loaded only 70% and 50%, respectively.