SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Is Russia's JSC Sitronics backing away from its original and ambitious chip plans?
After talking about plans to build a 300-mm, 65- to 45-nm fab last year, Sitronics (Moscow) on Thursday (July 9) announced its intention to commence the construction of 90-nm semiconductor fab in cooperation with the Russian Corp. of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano). At the same time, Sitronics intends to acquire a license from STMicroelectronics NV for the 90-nm process.
As part of the joint venture, Rusnano has approved up to RUR 6.5 billion ($204.7 million) for the project. Sitronics is planning to provide the equipment. The chip unit is part of the JSC Sitronics group, which includes companies manufacturing communications gear, microelectronics components and systems and IT products.
In any case, the chip project is not as ambitious as previously thought. Last year, the Russian company talked about plans to leapfrog generations of semiconductor technology and spark activity that will launch Russia's modern chip industry.
At the time, Sitronics talked about a plan to build a 300-mm fab, with 65- to 45-nm processes. The project was to be called Sitronics Nanotechnology.
In its latest release--or in previous announcements--the company has not talked about its 300-mm, 45-nm plans. There are no updates on its Web site. Some wonder if the project is delayed--or has been scrapped. The company has yet to respond to questions via e-mail.