Russian chip manufacturer will receive 7 billion rubles to scale up production

As Kommersant found out, Zelenograd Mikron, one of the few plants in the Russian Federation capable of producing chips for civilian electronics, will receive 7 billion rubles. from the Industry Development Fund. The funds will be used to "scaling up production."

According to two sources in the electronics market and in the government, VEB.RF approved the allocation of Mikron JSC (owned by Element Group of Rostec and AFK Sistema) of a credit line of 7 billion rubles. for ten years. The interlocutor in the market specified that the allocation of funds is planned through the FRP on the security of production equipment.

Mikron JSC produces semiconductors based on 180-90 nm manufacturing processes, which makes it possible to manufacture chips for transport cards, Internet of Things equipment, as well as a narrow range of general-purpose processors. Mikron is one of the few enterprises in Russia producing microelectronics for the civil sector. The rest, for example, Angstrem, mainly work for the military-industrial complex using 600 nm technology.

In the spring, it became known that against the backdrop of an increase in demand for chips for banks, transport, and other cards, Mikron prepared a project to double the capacity, up to 6,000 silicon wafers per month. This project was estimated at 10 billion rubles.

According to Yaroslav Petrichkovich, the founder of the Elvis Design Center, the Mikron products can now cover " a certain segment of the Russian electronics market, primarily components for equipment for critical infrastructure and the defense sector ." But, the expert emphasizes, 7 billion rubles is "an extremely small amount for the development of such enterprises ." APKIT Association Director Nikolai Komlev agrees that there are many tasks that can be completely solved using technologies already mastered by Micron. However, he clarifies, state support is necessary not only for scaling up production, but also for mastering new technologies: “ If this parallel process does not take place, stagnation and a dead end will come .”

Olga Grekova, head of ANO Consortium Lighting Engineering, draws attention to more mundane but urgent goals: “The lack of personnel, which domestic manufacturers of electronic components experienced before, has intensified. As far as I know, a number of companies are requesting subsidies to increase the salaries of employees who maintain production equipment .” The expert explains that the average salary at such enterprises is about 50-60 thousand rubles, and after several years of work, employees leave for "other companies at high rates."

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