Module of Artificial Intelligence

Modul Research and Technical Center was established in 1990. The staff of the new enterprise was formed from the employees of Vympel Central Scientific and Production Association and the Research Institute of Radio Instrumentation. The merger was extremely ambitious and promising: the young company immediately gathered the strongest scientific and technological potential and a team of brilliant engineers that allowed it not just "to survive", as thousands of companies did throughout the country in the 90's, but to take a immediate good start development path. Modul has successfully going this way up to now.
In the 90's, the young center began to develop and produce onboard computer technology for aviation and space providing the operation of various devices - from drones to space satellites. At the same time, it was developing microelectronic components and creating solutions based on its processors and microcontrollers. As a result - and this is almost unique - it has occupied four quite different production niches at once: microelectronic components, aviation and space onboard systems as well as artificial intelligence systems.

FOR ARMY, SPACE AND MARKET

The company's products are currently actively demanded both by the government and commercial customers including foreign ones. For example, onboard equipment for modern spacecraft and aircraft is produced both under government contracts and for the private sector. Processors based on the NeuroMatrix architecture are mainly purchased by the government for advanced special-purpose vehicles, but the demand for them is growing in the civilian segment as well. Neural network computer (platforms for receiving, processing, storing and transmitting data streams) as well as their embeddable boards are almost always for commercial orders. The interest from foreign customers is also high because the application area of the company's products is enormous.

NeuroMatrix architecture processors power systems used in machine vision servers, medical labs and mobile medical suites, access control systems with face recognition function, drones, robots, and other applications. In fact, they are universal products, a brain for artificial intelligence. In the near future, they will allow the first autonomous neural network computer to be launched in the market. The company is now developing the fifth generation of NeuroMatrix Core neural network architecture, which is a solution to the latest challenges related to artificial intelligence.

HOW A SATELLITE THINKS?

Another boast is its in-built navigation receiver with millimeter accuracy. It allows to position vehicles, e.g. wagons and trains or agricultural machinery, to an accuracy of 1 cm. This is to ensure that for example the wheels of a combine or tractor move exactly in the center of the row spacing when cultivating the field. If the machine is off-routed, the system will correct its position. Previously, this had to be monitored by an operator, but now microelectronics have taken over this function ushering in an era of new smart agriculture.

The latest NeuroMatrix architecture processors are also used in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Being assisted by different devices, such systems collect and analyze information about road situations, distinguish those cases that pose a danger and transmit the result to the driver.

The company is also working on new interface controllers and processors for space artificial intelligence. In the future, it will make it possible to create "thinking" satellites that will be able for example to independently detect malfunctions and to fix them without human intervention.
Alexey Mokhnatkin
Deputy CEO, Modul RTC
"We have a dream. We sincerely believe in the enormous potential that Russian science and industry have. Our dream is that Russian electronics and instrumentation companies will create a single powerful community that would act as a single synergistic force, giving rise to unique breakthrough solutions in the international microelectronics and AI market. We dream of a time when the unique companies and professionals that our industry is full of will finally believe in themselves, stop "waiting for the grace of nature" and begin to act together. And then we can definitely turn the world upside down."

DREAM AMBITIOUSLY

Modul professionals are sure that now is a unique time for the Russian microelectronics industry. Globally, the industry has evolved due to globalization and integration of major product creation chains. But in recent years, the shortcomings of this model have become apparent: the production of many products has been monopolized by a few global giants or enterprises of one country. The vulnerability of the system, which carries risks for all its participants, was further exposed by political competition between states and the COVID-19 constraints. This is the chance for the Russian market, its developers and manufacturers. They only need to use it effectively in order to establish synchronous development of several companies in the most promising areas of microelectronic technologies with the governmental support and to restructure internal business processes - what is most important - for moving away from work for the guaranteed customer and taking a course towards market demand.
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