Applied Materials Demonstrates Commitment to Russian Microelectronics and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Industries

May302011

SEMICON/SOLARCON Russia, the largest annual gathering of Russian companies that supply equipment used to make semiconductors and photovoltaic solar modules, takes place this year in Moscow on May 31 to June 2. Applied Materials, the world’s largest equipment supplier to both markets, will exhibit independently for the first time — an indication of the company’s commitment to the Russian microelectronics industry and the growing strength of semiconductor and solar industries in Russia.

More than 236 companies will take part in the show and technical conferences to discuss major industry issues, with approximately 1450 exhibition visitors expected.

A rapidly emerging category of semiconductor technology is Micro-electromechanical Systems (MEMS), and this growing industry offers promising commercial opportunities for several parts of the world including, Russia. The term MEMS applies to specific micro-sized chips commonly categorized as a class of sensors or mechanical devices – from accelerometers and gyroscopes — that enable today’s sophisticated mobile interfaces to automobile navigation and airbag sensors, to medical and communications devices.

MEMS devices are currently produced on equipment designed for wafers that are 200mm or less, instead of the 300mm tools currently used for mainstream memory and logic chips. This earlier generation equipment is especially important in new, sophisticated applications like MEMS, where high productivity and performance must be balanced by very low production costs.

In addition to technology, MEMS manufacturers in Russia can benefit from collaborating with large global companies like Applied Materials to shorten learning cycles, reduce development time and speed time to market. While Russia has an enormous talent pool of scientists and engineers, semiconductor and MEMS manufacturing demand highly specific technical expertise. Experienced service support teams can provide access to best-known methods, the intricacies of interactions between fabrication steps and maintenance or trouble-shooting methods.

Growth expectations for the global MEMS market are impressive. Market analysts forecast this segment to exceed USD19 billion by 2016 from a current size of around USD12 billion. In terms of device units needed to meet market demand, the volume growth is also phenomenal with a forecast of 15.8 billion units in 2016 according to industry reports.

To increase Russia’s stake in this fast-growing market and spur the rapid development of domestic microelectronics and nanotechnologies, the Russian Federation designated a fund in 2007 that has since grown to USD50 billion. Its goal is to make strategic investments within Russia and around the world by creating partnerships and establishing seed technologies. Recently, the Federation opened an office in Silicon Valley, Calif., and made a sizeable investment of USD100 million in a U.S.-based company.

SEMICON/SOLARCON Russia is an excellent opportunity for people driving industry growth in Russia to connect with counterparts from around the world. If you’re going to the show, please visit Applied Materials at booth #401.

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