Russia intends to start in-house chip manufacturing on a 28 nm node by 2030. Following the imposition of recent sanctions on Russia, the country’s leadership is devising a pretty ambitious strategy to become less reliant on Western technology. It entails a significant investment in chip development and manufacturing in the United States and people training in this industry.
Following its invasion of Ukraine, Russia was subjected to a barrage of international sanctions. While this has harmed Russia’s economy, it has also denied them access to a critical resource in today’s world: semiconductors.
Intel, AMD, and IBM stopped selling their goods in Russia, leaving the country without access to western technology. While they could design the silicon themselves, they wouldn’t be able to support chip manufacturing because foundries like TSMC and Global Foundries have stopped selling to Russia and third-party suppliers.
The Russian government has created a preliminary strategy to address the problem. It entails a 3.19 trillion ruble ($38.3 billion) investment in developing the local microelectronics industry. This money will be spent on four primary areas: local semiconductor fabrication technology, domestic chip manufacturing, chip marketing, and local talent training.
Four hundred twenty billion rubles ($5 billion) will build novel fabrication nodes and increase chip manufacturing. Russia hopes to have a 90 nm node in place for local chip production by the end of the year. They want to build chips utilizing a 28nm manufacturing technology by 2030, similar to what TSMC did in 2011.
This year, Russia intends to establish a program to reverse Western engineering gadgets and eventually produce them within Russian borders or in China. On April 22, the prime minister will receive the finalized proposal for his approval.