Newsletter headings of "Mercury"

№ 2, 2023
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TODAY, MICROELECTRONICS IS A LEADING SPHERE OF THE WORLD ECONOMY, DETERMINING THE PROGRESS AND COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTIRE INDUSTRIES. ADVANCED COMPUTING SYSTEMS SERVE AS A KIND OF ENGINE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, MEDICINE, HOUSEHOLD AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY, BANKING SYSTEMS, SMART HOME PROJECTS AND E-GOVERNMENT. MICROELECTRONICS IS THE TECHNOLOGICAL BASIS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY SYSTEMS. IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT MICROCHIPS ARE EVER MORE OFTEN CALLED "NEW OIL", AND LARGE ECONOMIES ARE INCREASING INVESTMENTS IN THIS INDUSTRY.

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JSC INTEGRAL is the largest holding of microelectronic industry enterprises in Eastern Europe, providing a full cycle of development and manufacture of high-tech products, from silicon wafers to electronic equipment. The basis of the holding's products traditionally consists of integrated circuits, liquid crystal indicators and modules, semiconductor devices of various levels of complexity, which are in demand far beyond the borders of Belarus. The high level of quality of INTEGRAL products is confirmed by national and international standards.

Enterprises producing household and industrial electronics products, large assembly plants that sell packaged products under their own brand cooperate with INTEGRAL. The quality and competitiveness of products allow the company to occupy a significant part of the Russian market. Today, more than 80 percent of INTEGRAL exports accrue to our strategic partner. About 10 percent of the products go to the countries of the "far arc", mainly Southeast Asia, where the products of the Belarusian manufacturer are highly appreciated.

In order to stay in the developed markets and conquer new ones, it is necessary to produce innovative products and increase export volumes. In recent years, INTEGRAL has demonstrated a significant increase in economic indicators and production volumes. If last year the export growth rate for the holding amounted to 156.1 percent compared to the previous period, then in the first quarter of 2023 there is an almost twofold increase. The share of innovative products amounted to 39.8 percent.

Since 2022, the company has started implementing the activities of the Program for the Development of the Microelectronic Industry of the Republic of Belarus until 2030, which will allow it to develop new technological processes and ensure the competitiveness of INTEGRAL in the market in the near future.

Today, the company sees the potential for development in two main directions. The first is the creation of semiconductor products based on gallium nitride (GaN), without which it is impossible to imagine the electronics of modern hybrid cars and electric vehicles, space technology, energy conversion systems, consumer and industrial electronics. This is a fairly new and ­promising area in microelectronics. For these purposes, the company has established an applied-research laboratory of new technologies and materials, equipped with the most modern equipment for research and experimental work.

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Another promising area is an increase in the number of new developments for electronic products, focused primarily on the domestic market within the framework of the developed import substitution policy. Today, there is active cooperation with Belarusian machine-building enterprises. New import-substituting products have been developed for them and are being tested now. Among the main consumers of electronic and medical equipment there are well-known Belarusian enterprises: OJSC "Borisov Plant of Automotive Electrical Equipment", JSC "Minsk Automobile Plant", JSC "Minsk Tractor Works", JSC "Gomselmash", healthcare institutions.

When developing and producing such high-tech products, it is necessary to maintain close ties between science and production. Today, the holding has a highly intelligent team, which employs highly qualified specialists, candidates of sciences, four doctors of technical sciences, as well as three corres­ponding members of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Among the employees of the holding's divisions there are also specialists included in the Republican Database of Gifted Youth, who possess the most modern technologies and design methods. INTEGRAL sees such a strong and professional team as the key to the success of the enterprise and entry into a new level of technological capabilities.