Svetlana (company)

PJSC Svetlana (Russian: ПАО «Светлана») is a company based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is primarily involved in the research, design, and manufacturing of electronic and microelectronic instruments.[1] Svetlana is part of Ruselectronics.[2] The name of the company is said to originate from the words for 'light of an incandescent lamp' (СВЕТ ЛАмпочки НАкаливания).[3]

254,760,000 Russian ruble 
WebsiteOfficial website
Svetlana Plant


The company was established in 1889 as the Ya. M. Aivaz (Russian: Я. М. Айваз) Factory.[4] Svetlana was a major producer of vacuum tubes. In 1937, the Soviet Union purchased a tube assembly line from RCA, including production licenses and initial staff training, and installed it on the St Petersburg plant.[5] US-licensed tubes were produced since then.

Since 2001, New Sensor Corp. has been holding the rights for the Svetlana vacuum tube brand for the US and Canada.[6][7] The New Sensor tubes are actually manufactured at the Xpo-pul factory (former Reflektor plant) in Saratov. Tubes manufactured by Svetlana in Saint Petersburg still bear the "winged С" (cyrillic S) logo (see the image below) but no longer the name Svetlana.

In 2017 the company announced a 3 billion ruble modernization plan.[8]


The Svetlana Association produces a variety of electronic and microelectronic instruments, including transmitting and modulator tubes for all frequency ranges; X-band broadband passive TR limiter; KU-band broadband TR tube; klystron amplifiers; X-ray tubes; portable X-ray units for medicine and industry; high-frequency fast response thyristors; transistors; integrated microcircuits; microcomputers; microcontrollers; microcalculators; ultrasonic delay lines; receiving tubes; process equipment for the manufacture of electronic engineering items.[1] Vacuum tubes currently in production include the 6550, 6L6, EL34, and KT88.[9]

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  1. "Russian Defense Business Directory". Federation of American Scientists. US Department of Commerce Bureau of Export Administration. May 1995. Retrieved 21 July 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. "Список аффилированных лиц" (in Russian). ПАО «Светлана». Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. "Soviet Calculators History". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. "История". ПАО «Светлана» (in Russian). Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  5. Die Geschichte der Russischen Roehren (in German)
  6. Willis, Barry (23 February 2004). "Svetlana vs. Svetlana". stereophile. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  7. "NEW SENSOR CORP. v. CE DISTRIBUTION LLC". LEAGLE. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. "«Светлана» инвестирует 3 млрд рублей в модернизацию и новые разработки". Vedomosti. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  9. "Продукция АО "С.Е.Д.-СПб"" [Production of AO "S.E.D.-CPB"] (in Russian). Svetlana Electron Devices. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
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