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Posted: April 5, 2010
RUSNANO Invests in Production of Acoustoelectronic and Chemisorbent Devices
(Nanowerk News) This project will establish mass production of systems based on acoustoelectronic and chemisorbent devices, including pressure and deformation sensors, RFID (radio-frequency identification) units, high-frequency band-pass filters, and gas sensors. The total budget for the program is 1.24 billion rubles. RUSNANO will invest 550 million rubles.
The acoustoelectronic devices are prepared from piezoelectrical material on whose surfaces elements of generating systems for acoustic surface waves have been placed. These acoustic system elements are multilayered structures with geometric parameters ranging from five nanometers to 80 nanometers with exactitude of not less than 0.5 nanometers. The main active elements of the chemisorbent sensors are 30-nanometer to 50-nanometer layers of tin oxide (SnO2) that are sensitive to the presence of gas.
Project managers expect most of their earnings to come from the sale of systems to control tension-deformation conditions in construction of buildings and structures; these systems will consume little energy, operate in a broad range of temperatures, and carry low price tags. A significant share of sales will come from systems that ensure safe gas use with longer service life than analogous equipment. Acoustic surface wave RFIDs with high reliability and imperviousness to aggressive external factors and band-pass filters used in high-frequency electronics, particularly in the GPS/GLONASS navigational system, also fall within the assortment of specialized goods the project company will produce.
The first products will be ready for sale in 2012; production facilities will reach design level in 2015. Project initiator Avangard will make production facilities available in St. Petersburg and is expected to continue improving production technology in cooperation with the Kotelnikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics of Russian Academy of Sciences and other science centers in Russia.
Experts estimate that the global market for sensors and sensor components in 2008 was around $51 billion. Forecasting average annual market growth of five percent, they predict that this market will reach $67 billion dollars by 2018. The Russian market for sensors in 2008 was around 30 billion rubles. Anticipated average annual growth in the Russian market is 9.6 percent, which will bring the Russian market to 75 billion rubles in 2018. Worldwide, there has been a tendency to replace active sensors with passive one. From 2004 to 2008 the share of passive sensors grew from 59 percent to 70 percent. Surface acoustic wave sensors are the most rapidly rising segment in this market. During the period, they grew at an average annual rate of 13.5 percent against a background of total sensor growth averaging 3.7 percent per year.
Avangard is one of Russia’s largest scientific-production organizations engaged in creating progressive technology for mass production and in developing advanced design engineering methods for radio electronic equipment. Since the founding of Radiotekhnomash—an intersectoral science and technology complex established on the base of Avangard that united 51 USSR enterprises from 17 disciplines—the giant has developed more than 100 items, prepared and introduced thousands of pieces of equipment, and elaborated more than 200 industry and government standards. The microsystem technology it has developed using acoustic and chemisorbent nanoelectronics is the equal of any modern analog by technical and economic parameters; by a number of indicators, the Avangard models surpass their competitors.
Avangard’s acoustoelectronic sensors and RFID systems using passive surface acoustic wave tags do not require an electrical power supply; they work in a broad range of temperatures and are unaffected by gamma rays and strong electromagnetic fields. The devices are safe for the environment and not harmful to man or animals. Moreover, the sensors have a virtually unlimited service life. Low levels of signal emission output and record low levels of loss characterize these acoustoelectronic components for radio electronic systems. Avangard’s nanoeletronic sensors of chemical substances do not require continual servicing, and they are easy to exploit. The devices are significantly less expensive than imported instruments with similar characteristics. Because they are also small, it is possible to develop portable gas analyzers and branched automated monitoring systems for large territories and buildings that are managed from a central computer with real-time analysis of conditions.