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ST Micro signs tech transfer deal with Sitronics

July 24, 2006 //

Sitronics signed an agreement with ST Microelectronics to transfer technologies for producing 0.18-micron chips at the Zelenograd-based Mikron plant, according to the Russian-language CNews.ru site.


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MOSCOW Sitronics signed an agreement with ST Microelectronics to transfer technologies for producing 0.18-micron chips at the Zelenograd-based Mikron plant, according to the Russian-language CNews.ru site.

"The deal includes design kits which will enable us to conduct independent research", said Sitronics General Director Evgeny Utkin. "The deal also includes training for more than one hundred of our specialists * designers, technologists and engineers."

Sitronics together with STM will promote the products on the market. "This partnership will allow us to create a single production chain from microcircuit design to finished products at our own enterprises," said Utkin.

The agreement was signed within the framework of Sitronics' original project to create a smart-card production run last March. That project was with Giesecke&Devrient (Germany) equipment at Sitronics' enterprise in Zelenograd.

The agreement with STM is the final step towards Sitronics launching a 0.18-micron line for a smart card assembly line in partnership with Infineon (Germany).

The domestic IC fab will obviate purchasing chips from foreign manufacturers.

"Cooperation with STM will allow us to fairly quickly develop and introduce in the market ready-made products," said Gennady Krasnikov, Sitronics' manager for microelectronics business solutions. "Our production is primarily targeted at the local rapidly growing markets."

According to Sitronics estimates, the Russian sim-card market amounts to 100 million cards annually.

Smart cards at the Micron Plant in Zelenograd has a capacity of 18,000 200-mm wafers annually. Sitronics' investment into the project will be $200 milliom, of which $50 million has already been invested. Further investments will be made to purchase equipment, create infrastructure, train specialists and acquire the lacking technologies.

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