LONDON – IBM Coirp. has agreed to help Russia's Angstrem with 90-nm manufacturing process as part of a broader agreement on collaboration that will range from mathematics to microelectronics and computer science.
OJSC Angstrem (Zelenograd, Russia) said it intends to use the 90-nm process to make ICs and sensors for industrial and consumer applications. In addition, Angstrem will receive design rules and support to help it set up as a foundry operation to serve Russian and external customers, the company added. The deal is being funded by the State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank) and the process will be installed in a newly-built factory in Zelenograd, known as Angstrem-T.
The amount that Angstrem is paying to IBM was not disclosed. Production is planned to started in the second or third quarters of 2014.
In addition to the licensing agreement, the two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines areas of potential future cooperation around the use of the technology. Under the terms of the MoU areas of possible partnership between Angstrem and IBM include: chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, materials science, mathematics, physics and microelectronics.
"IBM's advanced technologies in microelectronics - the primary sector of the innovation economy - will help to accelerate the development of innovations in other related industries," said Alexey Litvinov, general director of Angstrem, in a statement.
"Technological innovation has a huge role to play in Russia's economic development and in improving the quality of life by increasing access to new technologies, systems and devices," said Siamak Kia, of the IBM Research & Intellectual Property Executive, in the same statement. Kia added: "I expect the next logical step in this partnership to be microelectronics packaging technologies to further expand and deepen the growing relationship."
Not bad. When the agreement is implemented, Russian fab in Zelenograd will be able to manufacture decent microcontrollers and other useful devices that do not require bleeding edge 22 nm process. In addition I guess this deal may include a university (MIET) in which case this development will directly benefit the education in a key Russian place. There are several design companies in Zelenograd (Elvees, Milandr, KM211 and others) with a mix of old Soviet-time veterans and sharp young engineers proficient with Synopsys and Cadence tools. Those companies may have a very promising future.
Good to see large electronics companies starting to work with semi-private Russian entities. Seems a little bit skewed hi-tech relationship with others on the part of Amercian corporations, when deals are made with Chinese entities and are seen as good for the industry but when it comes to Russia and the rest of the former SU, the cold war mentality still dominates the corporate mindset.