8 Microchips For Russian Armed Forces

Microchips For Russian Armed Forces

Posted on December 11, 2011 by

Company ‘Milandr’ which is located in Zelenograd, a Russian Silicone Valley, produces electronics for Russian world-famous weapons. This is not a secret factory with checkpoints and armed security guards… so let’s check it out!

The company was founded in the 90s and up to 2003 it had been reselling microchips. Later, however, they decided that, along with reselling, the company needed to have its own microchip research and development or R&D.

There are four types of microchips. The first one is commercial. It is also the easiest to make because the market has rather low requirenments for this type of microchips (they have to work at room temperature, that’s it). Requirenments for industrial microchips and military microchips are stricter and the top class is space microchips which are used in space.

Apart from the military microchips market, the company works mostly in, ‘Milandr’ also produces microchips for GLONASS satellites and develops its commercial sector. One of their reserches is aimed at developing tachograph speed pickups which allow to measure the time haulers has been working for to lower the risk of a car accident. ‘Milandr’ also collaborates with medical institutions installing their devices in hospitals of the city.

However, the main customer of ‘Milandr’ remains Russian Military-industrial complex and the company is very proud of the fact that its microchips can be found in new Russian fighters and air defence systems.

The 100-million dollar ‘military’ microchips market of Russia is represented by Russian and Byelorussian companies and ‘Milandr’ having over 400 customers accounts for as little as 6 million dollars.

There are three stages of the production process:

1. The company’s engineers develop a microelectronic device.

2. They pass the engineering design documentation to one of the outsourcing companies which make silicone wafers.

3. Silicone wafers get delivered back to the company to undergo dicing, heremtic sealing, testing, marking, etc.

This is where the microchip starts its life, in the integrated microcircuit developing center.

By the way, the company develops microchips for both domestic market and export.


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8 Responses to “Microchips For Russian Armed Forces”

  1. d says:

    300 USD/piece for a mil spec IC? That’s quite cheap!

    • Sean says:

      It’s because this company contracted by Russian government directly, and maybe is 51% owned by government, so it doesn’t have to give a huge shares to Congress lobby as well as spend a lot on industrial and legal wars with other companies. There is a good aspect to competition, which always reflects good on the technological race, but Russia doesn’t have to. The company is under the governmental umbrella and safe and is just concerned with technological race, which is cheaper than congress lobby and legal department.

  2. Mors says:

    “peaceful skies over our heads” lol, soviet meaning of peace

  3. Ulrike Meinhof says:

    Yes, at least here one gota pay about 300 bucks for a normal civilian piece of junk. A new front window for av civilian small private airoplane about 4000$… So compared to that i think its not so overpriced…

  4. Vasia says:

    In Russia they produces tsar microships, like tsar bomb or tsar bell :)

    • Sean says:

      Irrelevant. This microchips are equally used for the space industry as well, because the conditions in space are very harsh. Gamma rays, extremely low temperatures, gravitational overload etc.

      • Tovarich_Volk says:

        Furthermore, those systems don’t have to deal with the overhead of such things as operating systems written in high level languages, let alone such things as window managers or anything like that. –Systems designed for military and space agencies are coded specifically for their intended applications in low level Assembler code due to the fact that those systems mission critical and have zero tolerance for failure.

        –FWIW, Solaris spotted in pic #15.

  5. CBEH says:

    MADE IN JAPAN. Looks like the got a good deal on Accretech semi-conductor equipment. Wafer probing machines, etc…

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