Mikron reportedly has plans to expand into these markets in partnership with GoGlobal, a German start-up. The two want to offer their RFID tags operating in the UHF, HF and LF ranges, as well as their EAS tags, to markets across the globe.

It remains to be seen whether the Russian company is currently in a position to compete with major international players in the semiconductor sector such as NXP Semiconductors or Smartrac. Mikron is reported to make 200mm silicon wafers, while it is now standard internationally to use 300mm diameter wafers.

Nonetheless, Mikron is the first Russian semiconductor manufacturer to hit Western markets.

Mikron is part of Sitronics, a large group of Russian electronics makers.

First published in East-West Digital News (EWDN.COM), a leading English-language resource dedicated to Russian digital industries.