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Silicon Catalyst is the world's only incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solution startups.  We address the challenges faced by these startups while guiding them from idea to prototype, and then to product.  Well over 200 startup companies have engaged with Silicon Catalyst since April 2015, and we have admitted 16 exciting companies.

Silicon Catalyst exists to help semiconductor startups succeed.  We have created a growing ecosystem of In-Kind partners, industry-leading companies, expert advisors, and investors.  This ecosystem enables our startups to form deep relationships with people that provide value to their long-term success.

We provide the startups we incubate with goods and services from our network of In-Kind partners to dramatically reduce the cost of development. These goods and services include EDA tools, PDK access, foundry wafers, test equipment, design services, and other valuable technical and business capabilities from our expanding network of In-Kind partners.

Silicon Catalyst startups interact with a valuable network of expert advisors.  In addition, our strategic partners share their experience and actively look for opportunities to work together with our startups. 

Our two-year incubation program also provides a path to funding through our connections with venture capitalists, strategic investors, individual angel investors, angel investment groups, and government agencies that provide grants.

In our first year we were awarded the prestigious UBM Canon Startup Company of the Year, in anticipation of our impact on the semiconductor industry.  We are proud to have created a broad ecosystem which provides our startups with the greatest opportunity for a successful exit.

Silicon Catalyst CEO Pete Rodriguez was a featured panelist at the GSA Silicon Summit - East event in Saratoga Springs, New York which was hosted by both the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, Saratoga County, New York’s economic development agency and the Center for Economic Growth, a regional economic and business development organization.

Silicon Catalyst's CEO was a panelist along with Brian Pierce / Director, Information Innovation Office / DARPA, Yunsup Lee / Co-founder and CTO / SiFive, and Fran Korosec / Vice President of Program Management / BRIDG speaking on the "Semis Matter – Building a Research Based Innovation Pipeline and Ecosystem" program. In a fast-paced and engaging presentation entitled "Accelerating Innovation by Powering Semiconductor Startups", Pete spoke of the current semiconductor startup landscape which is being shaped by extensive industry consolidation, which has lead to a dramatic decrease in both R&D and innovation. This comes against a backdrop of expanding applications which will find their way onto silicon being fueled by innovations in IoT, bio, wearables, HV, and the like. Hardware is making a big comeback and Silicon Catalyst is uniquely positioned as the only incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solution startups.

With a theme of “Harnessing Emerging Semiconductor Market Opportunities,” the event served to advance semiconductor technology and to promote collaboration within our industry. The event featured keynote addresses from two industry technology and market thought leaders: Dr. Gary Patton, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Research and Development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Mark Lipacis, Managing Director of Jefferies Group LLC and a top analyst in identifying semiconductor trends and opportunities. 

More than 150 leading semiconductor executives and technologists converged on Saratoga Springs for the inaugural event which was a global industry conference aimed at extending semiconductor technology and business, highlighting developing market trends, and enabling opportunities for regional collaboration and growth. 

John East has had a long and important career in the semiconductor industry in SiliconValley. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President at Actel Corporation from 1988 to 2010. Prior to that, he had worked for other Silicon Valley semiconductor companies including Advanced Micro Devices, Raytheon Semiconductor, and Fairchild Corporation. He has served on the Boards of Directors at Atrenta, Tortuga Logic, Alacritech, Zehntel, MCC, Single Chip Systems, Pericom Semiconductor, and Adaptec.

Q. HOW DID YOU GET INTO SEMICONDUCTORS?

A. As a kid, I liked to tinker around with crystal sets. When I was ten years old, I got an Amateur Radio License. So -- not surprisingly, I decided to become an electrical engineer when I went to UC Berkeley. When I graduated, I became an integrated circuit design and product engineer at Fair- child back in 1968, when many of the famous guys were still around. The old guard was there or had just been there, guys like Jerry Sanders, Charlie Sporck, Bob Noyce, Gordon Moore, Andy Grove. It was a fun time!!

Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH STARTUPS

A. After I retired from Actel, I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life golfing and working crossword puzzles. I wanted to serve a useful purpose. But being on a public board these days just doesn’t appeal to me. The “official” thing to do when you retire from a CEO job is to go on boards of directors. I had been on a handful of boards before retiring and continued to do that after I retired. The problem was, I loved working on products, customers, and markets, those things are fun and interesting. Unfortunately, the trend is that the board meetings at large companies have less to do with what is fun and interesting and more to do with legal, social, and financial matters. The combination of products, markets, and customers is what makes or breaks a company. If you handle those things right, you make a lot of money. If you don’t, you go broke.

But with public company boards these days, you spend so little time on that kind of thing. It seemed to me that the answer to that was to work with startups. So that’s what I’m doing today.

I’ve worked with three incubators including Silicon Catalyst and have also worked with some startups that are not associated with an incubator. My first incubator experience happened with EvoNexus, an incubator located in Southern California. They connected me with a company called Tortuga Logic. I started working with Tortuga as an advisor and then joined their board of directors after they got their seed.

My years as an individual-contributor were mostly spent doing engineering. I didn’t do much hands-on marketing in my youth. Now, though, I worry more about markets and customers. Those areas are totally undervalued by most startups. You win by having more customers. Not by having more megahertz or fewer femtofarads.

I’ve never worked at a company where my biggest ongoing problem wasn’t sales. But that sad fact often eludes the CEOs of super-technical start-ups until it’s too late. So my role in start-ups often comes down to pushing the sales and marketing efforts when everyone else is pushing the engineering.

Q. HOW DO YOU EVALUATE STARTUPS THAT YOU WANT TO WORK WITH?

A. First, I look at the market. I like three fields in particular; IoT, security, and AI. They are growing areas that I’m particularly interested in. I know a bit about them but would like to learn more. There’s no better way to learn than to get involved.

Second, I look for people that I like. You don’t want to work with jerks. Life is too short!!! You want to make sure you have good chemistry with the folks you’ll be working with.

Third, I look for a product that I think has a market, and one that won’t be inundated by hundreds of competitors doing the same thing.

If you find those three things, you can have a win and can have some fun while you’re winning.

I only sign on as an advisor to a startup if they agree to put me on the board when they do form one. Why? Generally, I get emotionally involved and spend a lot more time than a typical advisor does, so I inevitably want more in influence in the company’s future than an advisor would have.

Q. WHAT SILICON CATALYST STARTUPS HAVE YOU WORKED WITH?

A. I currently am on the board of directors of SPARK Microsystems. I had gone to one of the first Silicon Catalyst events, back when the incubator had about six companies total. Nick Kepler (Managing Partner at Silicon Catalyst) had recommended that I look at the startups, and SPARK in particular. I met Frederic Nabki, Co-Founder of SPARK, and liked him a lot and the concept really grew on me. The more I thought about it, the more I thought we could sell it. SPARK clearly knew what they were doing technically, and it seemed to all of us that they were onto something that could turn into a really big market. So I signed on as an advisor and then went on the board when they raised money late last year.

Q. IS THERE A MISTAKE THAT YOU SEE MOST STARTUPS MAKING?

You can easily get so wrapped up in making the product work that you don’t think about the selling. A lot of times start-ups are based on technology developed by a technical founder who is an expert in the eld. He or she usually devotes himself fully to developing the technology and isn’t particularly familiar with the market. Sadly, it’s never just about doing something that you know how to do. It always comes down to getting people to buy what you’ve done.

Q. WHEN A STARTUP IS LOOKING FOR AN ADVISOR, WHAT ARE THE KEY THINGS THEY SHOULD LOOK FOR?

A. The first observation I have is that some startups really want advice and some just want a name to put on their list of advisory board members.

I am an advisor to one company where I just grab lunch or dinner with the founders once a year or so and occasionally help with an introduction. I have no problem with that. There’s a place for that. If that’s what you are looking for, then you should focus on finding a guy with the right title. That’s pretty simple.

In other cases though, the founder is thirsty for knowledge. Many of these startup founders have never worked in a corporate environment and they don’t know anything about what it takes to make a wafer and to ship a part. They don’t understand semiconductor quality systems or device characterization or why simulations don’t always work. They know they have to do a layout and send the mask set to a fab, but then it goes into a black hole. They’ve never marketed. Never sold. Never kept books. Never raised money. If you’re a founder like this who is aware that you don’t know certain things but need to learn them, then you should look for an advisor who has these experiences and can teach. So in the end, it depends on what you want. If you want a big name, get a big name. If you know you haven’t done business, then you better find someone who has done it. And of course, the chemistry thing is important! Don’t sign up anyone who you don’t enjoy being around!

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT INCUBATORS AND SHOULD STARTUPS DO THEM?

A. I love incubators, particularly for semiconductors. Who can afford to do a semiconductor start-up without help with the in-kind tools and services? Tape-outs never work right: you need to do them over and over again. You can’t pay for that on your own, you need to get on a shuttle. To do a state of the art product tape-out requires a boat load of tools which you can’t afford to buy on your own. Some of the fabs and design tool companies have programs with which you can get help but it usually isn’t as complete as what an incubator like Silicon Catalyst can provide. So, yes semiconductor start-ups should jump at every opportunity to hook up with someone like Silicon Catalyst.

There’s a less obvious benefit too. Silicon Catalyst also does a good job of giving structure to a start-up. The quarterly presentations of company status and progress force some discipline that might not otherwise be there and the audience of experts in the semiconductor field can often help spot and remedy upcoming problems before they become critical.

Bottom line: anyone who is doing a silicon start-up without an incubator is probably screwing up.

Q. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR SEMICONDUCTOR STARTUPS?

A. We are now about a $400 billion dollar industry. I remember when we were just passing $1 billion for the first time. The biggest, most successful tech companies are totally dependent on silicon. Apple, Cisco, Intel, Facebook, etc. would die in a hurry if semiconductors ceased to exist. In fact the world as it is today would die without semiconductors.

But semiconductors have become a big-company business. We’ve had this surge of “big company eats little company”. That’s a little scary. I believe that most of the innovation still happens with the little guys. If there were no more little guys, innovation would slow down. Fortunately, we haven’t come to that point yet. There always seem to be a few more startups coming on the scene. So, it’s still a workable model, but it’s different than the old model. The Valley used to be full of 100 million dollar companies. Not anymore. They’re all gone. I don’t think that will ever turn back around. There will be a handful of big companies (Intel, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, etc.) that dominate the business. Hopefully, though, there will be a never ending flow of startups bringing innovation.

Q. ANY PARTING WORDS OF WISDOM?

A. I remember being associated briefly with Exxon, the huge oil company, back in the late seventies. They had an office in Manhattan with a bunch of super smart guys who understood technology. They had experts of every new technology that was coming along. They also had a separate bunch of experts who only understood markets and what was going to be wanted 5-10 years down the road. The goal of that effort was to find the intersection points. Where was an emerging technology going to intersect with a new, rapidly growing market? Where would a new market that was about to emerge intersect with a blossoming technology? That, to me, is a good way to look at things and an interesting way to conduct business. That’s what start-ups should be doing and that is what Silicon Catalyst should be helping them do.

In-Kind Partner for Semiconductor-Focused Startups

Silicon Valley, CA (September 11, 2018) – EAG, Inc., a global scientific services company, welcomes Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon to its Class A Facility in Santa Clara, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. Silicon Catalyst and its Portfolio Companies are already inhabiting the space. 

In addition to providing office and lab space to Silicon Catalyst and its Portfolio Companies, EAG also is providing its advanced laboratory facilities to enable testing and failure analysis of the innovative IC designs from Silicon Catalyst’s leading startup companies.

Aram Sarkissian, General Manager, Engineering Sciences, EAG Laboratories said “At EAG, we recognize the importance of a strong startup community to the health of the semiconductor industry, and  Silicon Catalyst is the premier organization committed to supporting semiconductor-focused startups. The ecosystem that they have already built is incredibly impressive. It is with great anticipation that we welcome all the great new companies that will be walking into our doors.”

“We are extremely pleased to co-locate with EAG. EAG is making a huge contribution to our efforts to reinvigorate the semiconductor startup ecosystem, as they are a leader in supporting companies in early, critical NPI efforts.   With a combination of technical expertise and large install base of test, reliability, failure analysis and debug tools, EAG provides a ready ecosystem for our Portfolio Companies to plug into,” stated Silicon Catalyst CEO Pete Rodriguez.  “By providing their facility, EAG is joining a lengthy and continuously growing group of in-kind partners, all committed to creating a viable ecosystem for these startups, right here in Silicon Valley, across the US, and across the globe.”

About EAG

EAG is a global scientific services company serving clients across a vast array of technology-related industries. Through multi-disciplinary expertise in the life, materials and engineering sciences, EAG helps companies innovate and improve products, ensure quality and safety, protect intellectual property and comply with evolving global regulations. EAG operates 20 laboratories in seven countries and serves more than 4,000 clients worldwide.

For additional information, visit www.eag.com

In this episode, IT Visionaries is joined by Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company Graduate Alex Wright-Gladstein, CEO and co-founder of Ayar Labs. Ayar Labs has developed new electronic-photonic integrated circuits that move data using light instead of electricity.

Alex shares exciting insights around the future of computing with light, and how the technology she’s building at Ayar labs is revolutionizing data transfer.

By Cromwell Schubarth  – TechFlash Editor, Silicon Valley Business Journal

 Rick Lazansky, left, handed the reins at Santa Clara semiconductor incubator Silicon Catalyst to Pete Rodriguez, right, in June.  Lazansky is now chairman and Rodriguez is CEO.

Rick Lazansky, left, handed the reins at Santa Clara semiconductor incubator Silicon Catalyst to Pete Rodriguez, right, in June.

Lazansky is now chairman and Rodriguez is CEO.

Santa Clara-based Silicon Catalyst bills itself as the world's only incubator that is focused exclusively on semiconductor startups. Some of the companies that it has worked with are just starting to emerge from the three-year-old program that is supported by major players in the chip industry like Texas Instruments and On Semiconductor Corp.

Pete Rodriguez, who was named CEO of the incubator earlier this summer, spoke to the Silicon Valley Business Journal about why it's so hard to do a semiconductor startup, how his program helps and whether Washington's new focus on Chinese chip deals has complicated what it does.

The Q&A has been edited for length and clarity.

Startups in the semiconductor world aren't as frequent as in other sectors. How are you helping with this?

Rick Lazansky, our co-founder and chairman, was at Sand Hill Angels and most of the companies he looked at there were software startups. So, he thought: What can we do to reduce the table stakes and barriers to operations with hardware companies, which can easily involve having to raise millions and millions of dollars. The idea was to make it look more like a software company to an investor. That was kind of the premise to start Silicon Catalyst. 

There are fewer hardware startups than software startups, but we have looked at well over 200, probably around 240 now, in the last three years. The heavy consolidation in the semiconductor industry, combined with a focus on reducing R&D, has created opportunity to start a company for people who made money in the consolidation, like at the Qualcomms and Broadcoms of the world. So we have looked at a lot. We haven't selected a lot, but we have looked at a lot.

What's the hardest part of doing a startup in this space and how do you help them get past that?

The hardest part is raising enough money on an idea to get to a prototype. We help reduce that barrier significantly. In the old days, you raised $20 million, you leased an office, you hired engineers, you bought some computers. And then you spent several million dollars on EDA tools. And then six months later when you were done with your first design, you'd spend millions of dollars to build that silicon. 

Many of these guys have been doing a design on sweat equity. They've been doing it at home in their garage. So we help them with design tools that they can now use for free for a period of time. We help them with shuttle runs that they can get for free. We help them with tester and tester access and that is a huge part. 

When we did a survey before we started, those were the top three problems with getting a company started. Now with our benefits and a little solid equity, you can get to a prototype. So you get to the Series A quicker with much less raised. 

Is there a common theme or quality for the ones that you have selected?

We look at the team because they are the ones who will at least take it part of the way. We look at the value proposition, the differentiation and the technology. And then the go-to-market and business plan. If it doesn't make any sense, we provide feedback and try to help, regardless of whether we accept them into the incubator.

We've taken a couple on a test drive basis. We see a couple of holes in their plan that we think we can help them fix over a few months. Then maybe they can apply again. We've done that with a couple of companies. 

But, particularly, we look at all the things that a VC does. We have a very deep team. We have hundreds of years of experience, not only as entrepreneurs and technologists in the semiconductor industry, but also as investors and angels.

Is there an investment that comes with being accepted?

At this point, no, although our chairman has personally invested in a handful of the companies, and I've invested in one. We do help our companies raise an investment round to accelerate what we see as a great opportunity. We are also raising a fund that will invest in Series A or Series B rounds. About 7 percent or 8 percent of the companies that come in are all pipe-lined. 

But we do provide free or greatly reduced in-kind services that are as good as cash. We believe our companies get on the order of about $2 million in business services from us. It may not be cash in the form of a check. But it's as good as cash. In the case of some of our foreign companies, they've been able to go to their government and get matching grants based on the in-kinds and services that we've given them. That’s harder to do in the U.S., but we have helped companies get DARPA grants.

Where has the money come from that you have operated with for the first few years?

That has been a combination of three things. We have grown to 25 in-kind partners, including Taiwan Semiconductor, Synopsys, Keysight, Ansys, MathWorks and Autodesk. Our in-kind partners have been very kind in terms of making office space available to us and lot of marketing, etc. 

In addition, we have a couple of strategic partners — Texas Instruments and On Semiconductor — and we plan on growing that. Our strategic partners help fund operations. 

In addition to that, as our companies become more mature, they raise a certain amount of funding. We take back a very small amount in program fees from them. We've got a few of those in place today. 

Finally, most of the team are guys that have worked 30-plus years in the industry and have done pretty well. They're not working completely for charity, there is some equity in lieu of salaries that has gone on. 

Is there a common flaw that you see in the companies that you don't accept?

There isn't one common flaw. But the most common is that they don't have a good handle on their value proposition. They don't know specifically what the value is that they're going to sell to their customers, how this is significantly better or fills a hole that the customer has. They don’t know what they're going to price it at or how they're going to go to market with it.

They’re mostly pitching the technology versus how the technology fits in the product, how the product fits in the marketplace and how to price it to win in the marketplace.

You have been operating Silicon Catalyst for about three years now. Have there been any graduates?

We actually had a couple of the companies graduate. Another couple are in the process of graduating. There's a couple that we may extend for a period of time if we believe that we can add real value and they believe we can add real value and they're easy to work with. If it's a win-win, then we can extend them for a period of time. Not forever, obviously, but maybe another six months to a year. Possibly that's probably one in three, one in four that we will end up doing that way. 

Tell me about your graduates.

One is Ayar Labs, which is miniaturizing fiber optic transceivers and making them in silicon chips. The other is Aeponyx, a fabless micro optical switch semiconductor startup designing and manufacturing chips for fiber optic access to the cloud. 

We don’t focus on any specific part of the semiconductor industry. We focus on what we call silicon solutions. Frankly, we'll take any semiconductor startup, not just ones working in silicon. But semiconductor seems to be an ugly word when you talk to VCs and others.

Companies in our portfolio (include businesses) like Eridan Communications, which is building a broad-based transceiver that could definitely revolutionize 5G technology. It could help with defense and first responders by replacing 40 pounds worth of radios with one radio the size of your cell phone. 

Ayar Labs is doing silicon photonics for networks and data centers. Zeno is doing a one-piece cell SRAM and they have IP in multiple modes of silicon and major foundries. Probius is doing an electrical array that could smell out E. coli in a small sample, which would be very important for food safety. We have a couple of AI companies. We have a company that has a unique solution for reducing power in displays. We have another company that has a very low-power radio, with high bandwidth. 

We're looking for companies that have an e-solution. What we mean by that is they have a solution that is the chip-plus-software, or chip-plus-a-sensor, or chip-plus-a-system, or any combination of those — not just a jelly bean piece of silicon. When they come out of the incubator, we expect that their value proposition is stronger and clearer, their strategy is clearer. They will have a prototype in hand that they can either sell to customers or have started selling to customers. And that they're either getting close to landing a Series A.

One thing you say you have helped your portfolio companies with is getting set up in China. It seems like it's getting more complicated these days to do almost anything in the semiconductor space that involves China. Has increased focus on deals like that complicated what you're doing?

No, because in our case, we're actually getting ownership of companies there. We're not transferring any IP. We're transferring some know-how in terms of how to screen companies and how to select companies and how to help companies. But we're not transferring any intellectual property. We're actually getting ownership in Chinese intellectual property. 

From a U.S. government standpoint we're actually getting things from there. From a Chinese government standpoint, we're helping incubate their companies. So I think this is kind of win-win. We hope that once all the saber-rattling is done, we get back to regular business in some period of time. 

But, again, to specifically answer your question on China: I think if we were to try to sell our U.S. companies to China that would be a problem, or if we were to transfer IP from here to there, that could be a problem. 

And vice versa. But, I think in what we're doing, we're trading some know-how in terms of how to screen companies and incubate them for ownership in Chinese companies. That's U.S. ownership of Chinese companies. So, I think it's kind of a win-win.

Silicon Valley, CA (August 15, 2018) – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only startup incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon and recipient of the prestigious UBM Canon Startup Company of the Year, announced today that veteran venture capitalist and semiconductor / EDA industry luminary Jim Hogan has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Jim has worked in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry for more than 40 years gaining experience as a senior executive and board director in electronic design automation, intellectual property, semiconductor equipment, material science and IT companies. He was a general partner at Telos Venture Partners and senior vice president of business development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. He held executive engineering, marketing and operational management positions at National Semiconductor Corporation (TI), Phillips Semiconductor (now NXP) and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Mr. Hogan holds a B.A. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in computer science and an M.B.A. all from San Jose State University. 

"Jim is a legend in our industry and is the quintessential activist board member providing advice in strategy, fundraising, and personnel, among other areas of vital importance to a company with a global footprint. We are honored to have him sit on our board. Over the past three years, Silicon Catalyst has gained a critical mass, having screened well over 200 startups, with 16 Portfolio Companies having been accepted into our incubator since 2015. His engagement and valuable input at this point in our company's evolution is a significant milestone," said Pete Rodriguez, CEO of Silicon Catalyst.

"Pete and his team at Silicon Catalyst have conceived and are executing on the right thing at the right time, filling a much-needed void in the semiconductor industry for seed stage companies. The company slogan of 'its about what's next' sums up the entire value proposition," Hogan said. 

“The thing I'm most concerned about nowadays is how do we innovate at a reasonable and economic level, because there's a lot of great ideas but they never see the light of day because they can't find a way to fund them. The Silicon Catalyst incubator provides startups a great way to take care of the big expenditures that happen right off.  Outside of people, when you do a semiconductor startup you're going to worry about design tools and then foundry access. Another aspect of the Silicon Catalyst incubator is the mentoring of the startup’s technical founders on how to run their business.  I’m looking forward to interacting with those technical innovators and hopefully make them more successful. I am also excited about both the prospects for the company and my involvement to help drive semiconductor innovation and overall industry growth,” added Hogan.

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A Conversation with 

Jim Hogan

SILICON CATALYST MANAGING PARTNER RICHARD CURTIN INTERVIEWS JIM ABOUT THE FOLLOWING TOPICS BELOW.

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Silicon Valley, CA (July 30, 2018)

Excelpoint makes investment in Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company CLOPTech

▪    Maiden investment of S$0.3 million in a convertible loan in Singapore-based semiconductor chip design company, CLOP Technologies Pte. Ltd. (“CLOPTech”).
▪    CLOPTech is a spin-off company from A*STAR, a Singapore Government-funded research agency, and a portfolio company of early-stage tech investor, “IncuVest” and semiconductor/hardware start-up accelerators, “Silicon Solution Partners” in Singapore, and “Silicon Catalyst” in Silicon Valley, USA.
▪    The investment is part of Excelpoint’s strategy to invest in, support and collaborate with early- to mid-stage start-ups in Singapore and Asia that are related to the Internet of Things (“IoT”) ecosystem.

SGX mainboard-listed Excelpoint Technology Ltd. (“Excelpoint” or “the Group”), is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, PlanetSpark Pte. Ltd. (“PlanetSpark”), the Group’s entrepreneurial and investment arm, has undertaken its maiden investment of S$0.3 million in CLOPTech, a Singapore-based company with deep technology know-hows, design experience and intellectual properties in semiconductor chip design.  

Established in 2015, CLOPTech has global business partnerships with foundries, equipment manufacturers and technology providers. Their intellectual-property protected commercial chipset product, CT6100 – 60GHz baseband, has been customised for use in long-range wireless infrastructure products, and it has secured lead customer orders for product design integration.  
As a leading regional business-to-business platform providing quality electronic components with integrated research and development capabilities, Excelpoint has been an integral part of the global electronics technology value chain for more than 30 years. 

Recognizing that IoT applications are expected to be integrated into communities (such as Smart Cities and Smart Homes among others) in the near future, Excelpoint has made a strategic focus to broaden its business model with this emerging market segment.  Starting with an investment commitment of S$5 million, PlanetSpark targets to identify and invest in IoT innovators and start-up activities, focusing on the development of viable technological products and solutions that caters to the growing market opportunities related to the global IoT ecosystem.  With Excelpoint’s extensive business presence and networks within the Asia Pacific region, together with its emphasis on innovation, PlanetSpark is positioned as a platform for these start-ups in Singapore and Asia to accelerate their growth and stay ahead of the innovation curve in the global electronics and technology industries. 
Mr. Albert Phuay Yong Hen, Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Excelpoint Technology Ltd., said, “We are very excited for this investment and partnership with CLOPTech. Our team sees the potential and strengths of CLOPTech’s capabilities in semiconductor chip design, particularly their focus on wireless connectivity, which will provide a strategic edge within the growing IoT ecosystem. With the establishment of PlanetSpark, we look forward to supporting and accelerating the growth of innovative and high-potential start-ups, where their technical capabilities and technological solutions in IoT can complement what Excelpoint has been offering over the years, and together, we can create positive impacts across global markets.” 

“Excelpoint is a well-established and prominent electronics industry player in this region. We are equally excited to partner with them, and deliver technologies and solutions to address the Global Smart Cities and IoT industry,” said Mr. Albert Chai, CEO of CLOPTech.   

About Excelpoint Technology Ltd. 
Excelpoint Technology Ltd. (“Excelpoint” or “the Group”) and its subsidiaries are a leading regional business-to-business platform providing quality electronic components, engineering design services and supply chain management to original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”), original design manufacturers (“ODMs”) and electronics manufacturing services (“EMS”) in the Asia Pacific region. EBN, a premier online community for global supply chain professionals, recognised Excelpoint Technology Ltd. as one of its Top 25 Global Electronics Distributors in 2017. 
Excelpoint works closely with its principals to create innovative solutions to complement its customers’ products and solutions. Aimed at improving its customers’ operational efficiency and cost competitiveness, the Group has set up research and development centres in Singapore and China that are helmed by its dedicated team of professional engineers. 
Established in 1987 and headquartered in Singapore, Excelpoint’s business presence spans more than 10 countries across Asia Pacific with a workforce of more than 700 people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. 
For more information on Excelpoint, please visit www.excelpoint.com

About PlanetSpark Pte. Ltd. 
PlanetSpark Pte. Ltd. (“PlanetSpark”), an entrepreneurial and investment arm of Excelpoint Technology Ltd., invests in, supports and collaborates with promising early- to mid-stage start-ups in Singapore and Asia that are related to the Internet of Things (“IoT”) ecosystem. For more information on PlanetSpark, please visit www.planetspark.com.sg


About CLOP Technologies Pte. Ltd. 
CLOP Technologies Pte. Ltd. (“CLOPTech”) is a privately-owned technology company that  spun off from A*STAR, a Singapore Government-funded research agency.  
With a vision to provide affordable and low latency wireless solutions and smart connectivity, CLOPTech builds on core IC design capabilities, supplies custom chipsets for high speed wireless connectivity, and delivers complete end-to-end solutions to address Smart Cities and IoT markets. 
CLOPTech is one of the few fabless semiconductor start-up companies globally. It is a portfolio company of semiconductor/hardware start-up accelerators, “Silicon Solution Partners” in Singapore, and “Silicon Catalyst” in Silicon Valley, USA. CLOPTech’s latest investment funding round was led by Singapore early-stage tech investor, “IncuVest”. 
For more information on CLOPTech, please visit www.cloptech.com

 

Silicon Valley, CA (June 12, 2018) – Silicon Catalyst, the only incubator for solutions in silicon, announces significant strengthening of its leadership team.

  • Semiconductor industry veteran Pete Rodriguez, who joined Silicon Catalyst in 2017, has accepted the CEO role.

  • Silicon Catalyst co-founder and serial entrepreneur Rick Lazansky steps into the Chairman role, where he will continue doing what he does best as Chief Entrepreneur and Chief Strategist.

  • Managing Partner Nick Kepler, who for the past three years has driven the significant progress at Silicon Catalyst, is promoted to COO.

Pete Rodriguez is a veteran of the semiconductor industry, with an impressive history of leading both large public companies and small startups to success. From CEO of Xpedion Design Systems to CEO of Exar to VP & GM at NXP, Pete has demonstrated an excellent ability to establish and build successful teams, deliver great products, and grow revenue.  

Semiconductor industry luminary David French states, “I am very pleased to be joining the Silicon Catalyst team, both as an advisor and an investor. The strong operational team led by Pete and Nick has led me to commit time and significant capital to help make Silicon Catalyst the global leader in incubating semiconductor companies.” 

Silicon Catalyst has grown its semiconductor ecosystem to 75 advisors, over 70 investors and 27 industry-leading partner companies, including key strategic partners Texas Instruments and ON Semiconductor. In the past 30 months, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 200 startups from the U.S., Europe and Asia and has admitted 16 to the incubator.  These startups are developing innovations in energy harvesting, silicon photonics, memory technology, wireless communications, smart lighting, machine learning, biomedical devices, and more.  Silicon Catalyst is planning for significant growth in 2018 and is targeting to launch internationally in key industry markets.

"ON Semiconductor's growth has been fueled by the cultivation of strategic business and technologies, complimentary to areas where we are innovating internally," said Mamoon Rashid, senior vice president of strategic business ventures at ON Semiconductor. “My role is to look outside the company and fill innovation and technology gaps, and the need for a strong ecosystem for the development of new semiconductor companies and their innovations is clear. ON Semiconductor is excited to participate in the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem, both gaining access to early silicon innovations as well as providing guidance and intellectual resources needed to support ongoing development in the semiconductor industry."

“Venture capital investment in semiconductor startups has been stalled for the past decade,” stated Yatin Mundkur, partner at Artiman Ventures.  “Silicon Catalyst has put together an ecosystem that makes it interesting, fun, and profitable to be back in the game.”

John East, former CEO of Actel and Senior Advisor to Silicon Catalyst startup SPARK Microsystems, added, “I’m having a blast working with all the startups and young entrepreneurs connected to Silicon Catalyst!  They have a tremendous amount of talent and energy.  I’m thankful that they value my experience, and it’s exciting to contribute to their success.”

“Synopsys values startups that are creating novel solutions in silicon and contributing to growth of the semiconductor industry,” said Sassine Ghazi, Corporate Staff, co-GM Design Group at Synopsys. “The ecosystem that Silicon Catalyst has pulled together helps the strongest of these startups succeed. As an important member of this ecosystem, Synopsys supports early-stage startups to develop the next wave of product innovations and build strong relationships with technology disruptors.”  

Doug Kirkpatrick, former Program Manager and Chief Scientist at DARPA, and CEO of Silicon Catalyst startup Eridan Communications, said, “The Silicon Catalyst team is broad, diverse, and deep. Our Advisor and his Silicon Catalyst teammates have helped us identify a process node for our integrated CMOS IC and they’re working closely with us to help implement our design. We love working with them – they give us a bench strength and knowledge base of the ecosystem that is invaluable to startups like ours.”

Management Team Bios

CEO:  Pete Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry.  Prior to Silicon Catalyst Pete was VP & GM of Interface and Power at NXP Semiconductors. Prior to NXP Pete was CEO of Exar Corporation, CEO of Xpedion Design Systems, Chief Marketing Officer at Virage Logic and Major Account Manager at LSI Logic. Pete spent twelve years as an entrepreneur with three different startups and has raised over $30 Million in venture capital.  He also retired from the US Naval Reserves with the rank of Commander. Pete has served on public, private, advisory and non-profit boards of directors.  He is a graduate in strategy and policy of the Naval War College, has an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Chairman:  Rick Lazansky is a serial entrepreneur, active investor, and coach of many startups. Rick was inspired to start Silicon Catalyst by the growth of software startups, supported by incubators, accelerators, and open source software, and the need for ‘hard’ technologies to have the same level of ecosystem support. Rick has invested in more than 40 startups as an angel investor with Sand Hill Angels and as an LP in several venture funds. He had coached startup projects and classes at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Santa Cruz and Berkeley. His startups include Vantage Analysis Systems, Denali Software, and RedSpark. He has served as a Board Director at three other incubators – i-GATE Hub in Livermore, Batchery in Berkeley, and Barcelona Ventures in Catalonia. He has a BA/BS in Economics and Information Science and an MS in SC/CE from Stanford.

COO:  Nick Kepler has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with varied leadership and technology management roles including semiconductor process technology development and manufacturing, design enablement, technical program management, and customer-facing marketing and technical sales.  Prior to Silicon Catalyst, Nick was VP of Products for SuVolta, a startup developing semiconductor technology IP.  Prior to SuVolta, Nick was VP of Corporate Program Management and previously VP of Design Enablement at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.  Nick spent 23 years at AMD in a variety of management and technical roles concluding with VP, Advanced CMOS Process Technology Development.  Nick has BS and MS degrees in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

 

Silicon Valley, CA (May 16, 2018) – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only startup incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, announces the admission of the RF transceiver startup company Eridan Communications into the incubator.

Eridan Communications is developing RF transceiver technology for 5G software-defined power transceiver applications.  Their solution is spectrum-flexible from VHF through 6 GHz, and offers unprecedented data bandwidth-efficiency and unequalled power efficiency.  It is applicable to 5G wireless infrastructure, defense and first responder, and IoT applications.

Eridan Communications is led by CEO Doug Kirkpatrick, former Chief Scientist at DARPA, and CTO Earl McCune, former founder and CTO of Tropian.  Earl offered, “Like all startup companies, we have limited resources.  Silicon Catalyst has pulled together an excellent ecosystem of In-Kind Partners, such as Mathworks and Keysight, that provide their goods and services at no cost or dramatically reduced cost.  That’s a huge benefit for us.  In addition, the Silicon Catalyst team and their network of Advisors will help us go to market more effectively.  We’re excited to join Silicon Catalyst.”

Doug Kirkpatrick added, “We were surprised to learn of the value that the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem provides to startups such as Eridan Communications in exchange for a relatively small amount of common equity.  Eridan’s incubation by Silicon Catalyst is a terrific complement to our series-A fundraising.  We look forward to working with Silicon Catalyst to change the industry with Eridan’s RF transceiver technology.”

Silicon Catalyst founder and Chairman Rick Lazansky said, “Eridan Communications is a perfect fit for Silicon Catalyst.  They have a strong team, feasibility demonstration of a differentiated technology that will impact several significant markets, and a need to integrate their current solution into an integrated circuit.  Doug and his team are exactly the type of startup we envisioned when we started creating the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem of In-Kind Partners, Strategic Partners, Advisors, and Investors.”

In the past 30 months, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 200 startups from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 16 startups admitted to the incubator are developing innovative solutions in a variety of areas including energy harvesting, wearables, silicon photonics, memory technology, IoT, high performance computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, wireless communications, and biomedical devices. 

About Eridan Communications

Eridan’s breakthrough transceiver technology enables breathtaking wireless capabilities and allows for unprecedented communications systems performance. Combining breakthrough gallium nitride devices and a novel system architecture, Eridan is enabling a new level of spectrum efficiency, bandwidth efficiency, and power efficiency – simultaneously and without tradeoffs. With applications from 5G wireless infrastructure to handsets and from Vehicle-to-Everything to IoT, Eridan’s products will affect every facet of future wireless business. Eridan was founded in late 2013 by four Silicon Valley serial entrepreneurs, has developed an extensive IP portfolio on its unique technology, and has delivered early prototypes to first systems developers.

Visit Eridan Communications at http://www.eridancommunications.com/

 

Silicon Valley, CA (April 4, 2018) – Silvaco, a leading EDA and IP provider,  and Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only startup incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, announce that they are teaming up to provide silicon proven IP, a critical element to the rejuvenated semiconductor startup ecosystem.

 Silvaco is making its extensive portfolio of IP available to Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Companies. Under the agreement, Silvaco’s IP blocks and subsystems are available at no cost to eligible Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Companies. IP is one of the most expensive and essential elements of semiconductor development. This agreement enables semiconductor startup companies access to IP that was previously out of their reach. Silvaco’s offer also includes training and support.

Fares Mubarak, SPARK Microsystems CEO said, “We have an opportunity to make a real difference in radio technology. Our technology has proven to make best use of radio spectrum, and the applications are massive. But as a startup, we have limited resources. We really need to apply our scarce engineering resources to our differentiators, and take advantage of the available IP. Up to now, we could not do this because the cost of quality IP is simply out of reach. Now thanks to Silvaco’s generous move, we’ll be able to access the advanced IP that we need to bring our solution to market.”

“We are seeing a revitalized semiconductor start-up market in recent years with the advance of highly specialized solutions being needed in the IoT and Automotive markets. Our start-up customers tell us that a key element they need for their success is IP, and we are in a position to help them with that. We’re looking forward to helping launch a new generation of successful semiconductor companies,” said Warren Savage, General Manager of the IP Division of Silvaco.

Rick Lazansky, CEO of Silicon Catalyst said “Over the past two years, Silicon Catalyst has been working with key industry players to develop a complete ecosystem that economically and effectively supports the new wave of semiconductor startups that we are seeing today. Our Portfolio Companies have consistently been requesting IP as the critical element that we had not been able to deliver. Silvaco’s offering fulfills a real hole that has been impeding the success of these startups. We are glad to deliver this capability as we continue to build the semiconductor start up ecosystem.”

In the past 30 months, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 200 startups from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 16 startups admitted to the incubator are developing innovative solutions in a variety of areas including energy harvesting, wearables, silicon photonics, memory technology, IoT, high performance computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, wireless communications, and biomedical devices. 

About Silvaco Inc.

Silvaco, Inc. is a leading EDA and IP provider of software tools used for process and device development and for analog/mixed-signal, power IC and memory design. Silvaco delivers a full TCAD-to-sign-off flow for vertical markets including: displays, power electronics, optical devices, radiation and soft error reliability and advanced CMOS process and IP development. For over 30 years, Silvaco has enabled its customers to bring superior products to market with reduced cost and in the shortest time. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has a global presence with offices located in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia.

Visit Silvaco at http://www.silvaco.com

 

 Silicon Catalyst Admits Deep Learning Startup

Silicon Valley, CA (March 14, 2018) – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, announces the admission of the reconfigurable high-performance computing company Xceler Systems into the incubator.

Xceler’s patent pending revolutionary Artificial Intelligence technology provides at least 10x performance improvement over existing CPUs and GPUs with no change in source code in applications such as next generation IoT or Edge Applications. Xceler Systems applies Deep Learning techniques to optimally reconfigure Xceler Graph Engine for a wide variety of applications, enabling new engines to be deployed in as little as 30 minutes, while reducing power requirements to 1/10th of GPUs.

 

Xceler Systems founder Gautam Kavipurapu has a lengthy history of innovation, including inventing packet-based interconnects in PC systems, graph-based router with plug in FPGA cards with offload processing similar to NFV and tensor flow, coupled with a track record of entrepreneurial success. Kavipurapu said “Through several decades of invention, I am most excited about the potential for Xceler Graph Engine to drive forward all applications that can benefit from artificial intelligence.”

 

Diane Miller, Head of Marketing, Ectron Corporation said “We were looking to grow our business and launch new product lines and were introduced to Xceler Systems.  We decided to partner with them to offer cutting edge machine learning based Industrial IoT solutions to our customers.”

 

Silicon Catalyst CEO Rick Lazansky said, “Xceler is the company that I envisioned would emerge when we founded Silicon Catalyst. Xceler’s Artificial Technology can make a strong impact on an immense range of our lives including autonomous automobiles, robotics, and any number of everyday applications that we take for granted today. ”

 

In the past 30 months, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 200 startups from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 14 startups admitted to the incubator are developing innovative solutions in a variety of areas including energy harvesting, wearables, silicon photonics, memory technology, IoT, high performance computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, wireless communications, and biomedical devices. 

About Xceler Systems

Xceler Systems Inc. was founded in 2016.  The Xceler team has been involved in several firsts in the industry. The Xceler team has experience in Semiconductors, Systems, Networking, Computing, Signal Processing and Communications. Xceler’s objective is to enable the next generation intelligent edge with the ability to run machine learning and AI algorithms. Visit Xceler Systems at http://xcelersystems.com

 

Focuses on Resolving the Power Crisis

Silicon Valley, CA (February 12, 2018) – Silicon Catalyst, the global incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon announces the admittance of Power Down Semiconductor. Power Down provides the technology that bridges the gap between the great demand on smarter next generation electronics and the greater energy demands of that intelligence.

From Smart Homes to Autonomous Vehicles, the electronic revolution is demanding smarter and smarter electronics, placing a huge burden on the ability to power these devices. The smarter electronics become, the more power they require. Power has become a dominant constraint on modern electronics, and left unresolved will curtail the pace of advancement of electronics. Power Down’s Founder and CEO, David Huffman has been addressing this issue for three decades, and is now commercializing the unique technique that he has developed.

Huffman said, “I’ve dedicated my professional life to the issue of lowering the power requirements of electronic systems. Power Down Semiconductor is providing the solution that will empower the next generation of electronics by reducing power needs by up to 90% without sacrificing performance.  PD Semi’s “Low Power Processing” (or LPP) technology leverages a novel multi-level charge recycling technique which actually raises the supply rail in order to maximize the speed of the devices.  Other competing low power IC companies are reducing power by crushing the supply rail to a few hundreds of millivolts, but that power reduction comes with a big performance hit along with reduced noise margin and soft errors. Our silicon-proven solution will find its way into battery-less IoT products as well as LCD and OLED display panels.  Silicon Catalyst provides exactly the support needed to commercialize Power Down’s technology. I am confident that Silicon Catalyst was the right choice for my company and the technology we're trying to introduce to the world.!”

“The next generation of electronic systems simply will not happen without aggressive techniques to harness the coming out-of-control power demands”, said Rick Lazansky, CEO of Silicon Catalyst. “Power Down Semiconductor is an excellent example of today’s semiconductor-focused startups providing the innovation that the electronics ecosystem thrives on.” 

In the past 30 months, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 200 start-ups from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 14 startups admitted to the incubator are developing innovative solutions in a variety of areas including in energy harvesting, wearables, silicon photonics, memory technology, IoT, high performance computing, machine learning, wireless communications, and biomedical devices. 

About Power Down Semiconductor

Power Down Semiconductor was founded with a very simple goal in mind: Reduce integrated circuit power consumption.  We strive to squeeze every picowatt from your chip's transistors while maintaining the performance that you require.

Visit Power Down Semiconductor at www.powerdownsemi.com

January 16, 2018

Silicon Valley, California

INTRINSIX CORP, an advanced semiconductor design services firm, and Silicon Catalyst, the only incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions startups, announced today that they have established an in-kind partnership for semiconductor design services and IP. This partnership provides Silicon Catalyst’s portfolio companies with access to experienced chip designers and IP to bring their products to market. 

Silicon Catalyst’s vibrant and growing portfolio of early stage companies need proven semiconductor design services to fuel their growth. Intrinsix addresses this need with IP and design services to support the full scope of semiconductor design, including leading edge digital, analog, RF and mixed-signal ICs. Intrinsix services for Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Companies span from product concept to fabricated and validated ICs ready for commercialization. In addition, Intrinsix is providing over 100 unique IP cores for design and verification including such elements as an extensive suite of processor peripherals for digital and mixed signal infrastructure chips, a family of analog jumpstart kits with building blocks for power, precision analog and RF projects, and a Cryptographic NSA Suite B Security Subsystem.

 

“By bringing world-class design capabilities and intellectual property from Intrinsix to our Portfolio Companies, this in-kind partnership enables our startups to accelerate their time to market and reduce commercialization risk,” stated Silicon Catalyst COO Pete Rodriguez. “Moreover, Intrinsix analog, AMS and RF-focused design services and IP nicely complement our existing network of in-kind goods and services which include EDA tools, PDK access, design services, silicon access, test equipment and other critical capabilities.”

 

Intrinsix has a 30-year history of creating semiconductors that work right the first time. Over this period, the company has contributed to the success of numerous early-stage companies.

 

“While in the initial stages of developing our breakthrough electronic lab-on-a-chip for medical applications, we turned to Intrinsix for IC and system level architectural assistance and trade-off analysis”, said John LaLonde, COO of TheoremDX.  “While we know semiconductors and the markets for medical devices, Intrinsix has outstanding expertise with the wide breadth of technology options. Their ability to architect and design at the leading edge has given us a distinct market advantage to quickly chart our course, budget correctly and start down the path to optimum silicon with confidence.”

 

This in-kind partnership brings resources, IP and a deep knowledge base from Intrinsix to a new generation of product innovators in their formative stage. 

 

“Intrinsix is proud to support Silicon Catalyst’s vision of reenergizing the semiconductor startup community and ecosystem.  We look forward to collaborating with these early-stage companies as they develop their innovative products.” said Jim Gobes, CEO at Intrinsix.  “Our working knowledge of, but independence from, the vast selection of fabs, technologies, tools, and IP that will become the core building blocks for these exciting start-ups will be pivotal as they decide their future.”

 

In the past 24 months, Silicon Catalyst has screened over 140 start-ups from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 14 startups admitted to the incubator are developing innovative solutions in a variety of areas including in energy harvesting, wearables, silicon photonics, memory technology, IoT, high performance computing, machine learning, wireless communications, and biomedical devices. 

 

About Intrinsix Corp.

Intrinsix Corp., headquartered in Marlborough, MA USA, is a design services company for advanced semiconductors with clients around the globe. The company has been servicing the needs of electronic product and semiconductor companies for more than 30 years. Intrinsix has the platforms, process and people to ensure first-turn success for industry-leading semiconductors.  

Visit its website at https://www.intrinsix.com 

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The Silicon Catalyst Incubation Program

There are many incubation programs for software companies and a few for hardware companies. None are focused on the technical and business challenges of starting a company that intends to develop custom silicon solutions. Most incubators provide space, advice, small amounts of funding, and typically last less than a year. Rarely is the selection and incubation in the presence of a coalition of industry stakeholders and companies in the area you are working to enter.

We wish that it were so easy for startup hardware companies at the advent of so many powerful developments in IoT, cloud computing, energy, transportation and biomedical applications. However, it has never been more difficult to raise money and afford access to the capabilities needed to move from idea to prototype to market entrance. Having all of these in one place doesn't exist today, anywhere, which is why Silicon Catalyst was formed.

Capabilities

Incubation in Silicon Catalyst lasts up to 24 months. We provide PDK access, EDA tools, MPW shuttle runs, testing and other crucial technical capabilities from our growing list of partners. Our industry partners, as well our extensive network of mentors, provide insight into your future markets, and will hopefully become your customers or acquirers. All of these services are coming from global technology leaders in our industry.

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We’ll do the rest too – if you need space, we have it in Silicon Valley. If you are located elsewhere, that's OK too and you can still send staff temporarily or permanently to take advantage of the networks that make Silicon Valley what it is. And everybody likes a graduation party. Yours will be different, though. You’ll already know your customers and potential acquirers, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet with future investors along the way. In exchange for the effort, resources, and dedication, Silicon Catalyst receives common stock equity in each admitted startup. We believe common equity, rather than preferred, aligns us quite well with the interests of entrepreneurs. We’re your advocate and partner, and we’re on an adventurous journey together.

Funding

Silicon Catalyst is uniquely focused on seed stage companies developing intellectual property as a product or as a complete solution, based on silicon innovation, a strong team, proprietary technology, and pursuit of a real market.

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Silicon Catalyst helps secure funding for our start-ups by working with venture capitalists, strategic investors, angel groups, and individual investors. Our industry partners also have the option to negotiate to invest initially or as progress is achieved through prototype and application demonstrations. We also work with US government agency programs that provide non-dilutive funding. Because we’re focused on helping early stage startups, we have limits on how much funding and how many people are in your company at the time of application to Silicon Catalyst.

Review and Selection Process

When you submit an application to Silicon Catalyst you will be contacted by a member of our team for feedback and refinement prior to your review by our pre-screen committee. This committee is made up of technical and investment experts. We review between fifteen and thirty plans per quarter. To make it easy on all of us, we use a standard format.

More Information on Review and Selection Process

The pre-screen committee selects the strongest submissions from the applications to advance to a screening committee meeting, which meets approximately quarterly. Startups selected by the pre-screening committee make a final presentation to this larger group, consisting of Silicon Catalyst partners as well as potential investors we may invite. That’s when we all meet in person. You’ll have 35 minutes to present and answer questions. From there, we will select the best startups to enter our incubator. We admit two or three start-ups after each Screening meeting.

Expectations

Unfortunately, we can’t admit everyone. While we have impressive resources and connections, they aren't infinite. We are building an affiliates program, where we can help more companies, but with less commitment and involvement from you and us.

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Many of our partners review startups in many fields, including from other hardware companies, angel groups, venture firms and strategic venture funds. We believe this to be over several thousand startups per year. It is a competitive world, but everyone in Silicon Catalyst is committed to bringing hardware startups to new heights. We can’t incubate everyone, but each startup that applies benefits enormously by the challenge, the experience, and the feedback we gladly provide.

 

General communication: 
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Strategic Ecosystem Partners

TI technology is at the heart of all things electronic. We focus on developing analog chips and embedded processors, which account for more than 80 percent of our revenue. After all, there isn’t an electronic device on the planet that doesn’t require an analog chip and most require an embedded processor. We also produce TI DLP® technology and education technology products.

 

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ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient connectivity, sensing, power management, analog, logic, timing, discrete, and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical and aerospace/defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions.

In-Kind Ecosystem Partners

Synopsys, Inc. is

Synopsys, Inc. is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world’s 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and is also growing its leadership in software quality and security solutions. Whether you’re a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest quality and security, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products.

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Advantest Corporation is a leading manufacturer of automatic test equipment (ATE) for the semiconductor industry, and a manufacturer of measuring instruments used in the design, production and maintenance of electronic systems including fiber optic and wireless communications equipment and digital consumer products. Based in Tokyo, Advantest is a leading producer of Memory, SoC and RF test systems.

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TSMC created the semiconductor Dedicated IC Foundry business model when it was founded in 1987. TSMC served about 470 customers and manufactured more than 8,900 products for various applications covering a variety of computer, communications and consumer electronics market segments. Total capacity of the manufacturing facilities managed by TSMC, including subsidiaries and joint ventures, reached above 9 million 12-inch equivalent wafers in 2015. TSMC operates three advanced 12-inch wafer GIGAFAB™ facilities (fab 12, 14 and 15), four eight-inch wafer fabs (fab 3, 5, 6, and 8), one six-inch wafer fab (fab 2) and two backend fabs (advanced backend fab 1 and 2). TSMC also manages two eight-inch fabs at wholly owned subsidiaries: WaferTech in the United States and TSMC China Company Limited, In addition, TSMC obtains 8-inch wafer capacity from other companies in which the Company has an equity interest.

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PDF Solutions, Inc. is the leading provider of yield improvement technologies and services for the IC manufacturing process life cycle. PDF Solutions offers solutions that are designed to enable clients to lower costs of IC design and manufacture, enhance time to market, and improve profitability by addressing design and manufacturing interactions from product design to initial process ramps to mature manufacturing operations. PDF Solutions' Characterization Vehicle® (CV®) test chips provide the core modeling capabilities, and are used by more leading manufacturers than any other test chips in the industry. Exensio™, PDF Solutions' industry leading yield management and fault detection and classification enterprise software platform, enhances yield improvement and production control activities at leading fabs around the world. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., PDF Solutions operates worldwide with additional offices in China, Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

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Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets.

Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 21 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas before they're ever built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy, to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of our 3D software customers is everywhere you look.

Through our apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android, we're also making design technology accessible to professional designers and amateur designers, homeowners, students, and casual creators — anyone who wants to create and share their ideas with the world.

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In high technology, the key to success is delivering what's next. First. We are Keysight Technologies, a brand new company with over 75 years of electronic test and measurement success under our belts. Founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard as HP, our expertise continued as Agilent Technologies' Electronic Measurement Group.

Today, Keysight is 100% focused on helping companies tackle the toughest electronic design, test and measurement challenges through a combination of trusted hardware, innovative software and our own global team of industry experts. The result? Insights that lead to innovation. From home entertainment to network reliability to communicating wirelessly, Keysight provides the measurement capabilities that make our world more productive and a safer place to live.

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Open-Silicon transforms ideas into system-optimized ASIC solutions within the time-to-market parameters desired by customers. The company enhances the value of customers’ products by innovating at every stage of design — architecture, logic, physical, system, software, and IP — and then continues to partner to deliver fully tested silicon and platforms. Open-Silicon applies an open business model that enables the company to uniquely choose best-in-industry IP, design methodologies, tools, software, packaging, manufacturing, and test capabilities. The company has partnered with over 150 companies ranging from large semiconductor and systems manufacturers to high-profile start-ups, and has successfully completed 300 designs and shipped over 120 million ASICs to date. Privately-held, Open-Silicon employs over 250 people in Silicon Valley and around the world. 

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Recognized in the industry as the leader in complex MEMS and foundry services, Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) offers true turn-key foundry service from design and development to prototyping and volume production.

Our unique capabilities and flexible customer relationships allow us to build strong partnerships to achieve optimal results.

IMT's fully automated 6" fab is built to meet your volume production needs. Because IMT is not a CMOS fab, we offer tremendous materials flexibility from metals and materials, such as Au, Ag, Ni, polymers, and magnetics.

Most important, IMT is committed to continuous development of the next-generation MEMS technology and process know-how. We are building a library of platforms and modules to enable our customers to reach the market cost effectively and at reduced development cycle.

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Micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS, are silicon-based devices that can serve as sensors, actuators, or passive mechanical structures (such as microfluidic channels). MEMS are manufactured on silicon or glass wafers using techniques originally developed by the semiconductor industry for forming micron-scale features. 

As a result, MEMS are tiny, low cost, and low power compared to traditional electro-mechanical devices made by conventional machining. MEMS can easily be integrated with microprocessors, wireless telemetry and other circuitry, enabling powerful capabilities in packages only millimeters on a side. MEMS devices are already in widespread use in smartphones, automobiles, and consumer electronics. The uses for MEMS devices are limited only by a product designer's imagination. In the near future, MEMS will be at the heart of the Internet of Things. 

MEMS devices designed and developed by AMFitzgerald are helping to save lives, improve quality and safety of life, and reduce waste and inefficiency in industrial processes.

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 SoftMEMS was founded in 2004 by Dr. Mary Ann Maher. SoftMEMS products are based on the MEMS Pro software developed by Dr. Maher's team at Tanner Research in 1997 and the MEMS Xplorersoftware developed by Dr. Jean Michel Karam's teams at TIMA and MEMSCAP.

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 Lumerical develops photonic simulation software - tools which enable product designers to understand light, and predict how it behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems. Photonics, the science of light and its interaction with matter, unlocks many possibilities for the world’s leading technology companies across diverse fields including biotechnology, data communications, information storage, solar energy, environmental sensing, and consumer electronics.    Company Website

Lumerical develops photonic simulation software - tools which enable product designers to understand light, and predict how it behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems. Photonics, the science of light and its interaction with matter, unlocks many possibilities for the world’s leading technology companies across diverse fields including biotechnology, data communications, information storage, solar energy, environmental sensing, and consumer electronics.

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Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society.

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IC Manage provides next generation design management solutions for SoC, IP, IC and software design, enabling companies to efficiently and reliably manage single and multi-site development efforts.

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 Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides trusted, cloud-based solutions to help you meet your business needs. Running your solutions in the AWS Cloud can help you get your applications up and running faster while providing the same level of security that organizations like Pfizer, Intuit, and the US Navy rely on. AWS also provides resources around the world, so you can deploy your solutions where your customers are. The AWS Cloud makes a broad set of services, partners, and support options easily available to help make sure that you can focus on what will make your solution a success.    Company Website

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides trusted, cloud-based solutions to help you meet your business needs. Running your solutions in the AWS Cloud can help you get your applications up and running faster while providing the same level of security that organizations like Pfizer, Intuit, and the US Navy rely on. AWS also provides resources around the world, so you can deploy your solutions where your customers are. The AWS Cloud makes a broad set of services, partners, and support options easily available to help make sure that you can focus on what will make your solution a success.

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 HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. is the largest law firm in New York’s Tech Valley devoted exclusively to intellectual property law. The firm handles all aspects of acquiring and enforcing intellectual property rights, both domestic and foreign, including licensing and litigation.  HRFM includes more than 30 attorneys and patent agents, and more than 60 total professional staff. The firm’s patent professionals have expertise in numerous technical disciplines, including physics, electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, business methods, nanotechnology, biotechnology and biomedical engineering.    Company Website     

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. is the largest law firm in New York’s Tech Valley devoted exclusively to intellectual property law. The firm handles all aspects of acquiring and enforcing intellectual property rights, both domestic and foreign, including licensing and litigation.

HRFM includes more than 30 attorneys and patent agents, and more than 60 total professional staff. The firm’s patent professionals have expertise in numerous technical disciplines, including physics, electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, business methods, nanotechnology, biotechnology and biomedical engineering.

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 MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs over 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A.    Company Website

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs over 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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 If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where ANSYS software played a critical role in its creation. ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. We help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination.    Company Website

If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where ANSYS software played a critical role in its creation. ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. We help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination.

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TSI Semiconductors Corp. is a world-class semiconductor technology development and production volume CMOS foundry company who is the ideal partner for a wide range of IC projects. Located in close proximity to our customers’ design and engineering teams, we are driving innovation closer to the heart of Silicon Valley.

We empower our customers’ device manufacturing by providing unprecedented on-site access to our fab floor and equipment. And, with our flexible technology development, customers accelerate learning cycles that get their products to market faster through greater control and protection of their technology and IP.

At our 8-inch Roseville, California site, we provide an array of versatile process technologies that include analog/mixed-signal, deep-submicron, high-voltage BCDMOS, and solutions such as novel materials structures and devices. Specialized foundry services include automotive-grade, high-voltage BCDMOS, and technology capabilities utilizing novel materials, structures and devices.

 

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 With deep experience across materials sciences, engineering sciences and life sciences, EAG is at the forefront of this revolution, one that is changing the way products are developed, designed, manufactured and used by millions of people around the planet. EAG Laboratories brings together the most respected names in contract research and testing services to strengthen our multi-disciplinary expertise. So whether your challenge is to accelerate research and development, solve manufacturing problems or ensure compliance with industry and governmental regulations, there’s always one answer. Ask EAG. We Know How.    Company Website

With deep experience across materials sciences, engineering sciences and life sciences, EAG is at the forefront of this revolution, one that is changing the way products are developed, designed, manufactured and used by millions of people around the planet. EAG Laboratories brings together the most respected names in contract research and testing services to strengthen our multi-disciplinary expertise. So whether your challenge is to accelerate research and development, solve manufacturing problems or ensure compliance with industry and governmental regulations, there’s always one answer. Ask EAG. We Know How.

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 Leti, a technology research institute at CEA Tech, pioneers micro and nanotechnologies, tailoring differentiating applicative solutions that ensure competitiveness in a wide range of markets. The institute tackles critical challenges such as healthcare, energy, transport and ICTs.  Its multidisciplinary teams deliver solid expertise for applications ranging from sensors to data processing and computing solutions, leveraging world-class pre-industrialization facilities.  Leti builds long-term relationships with its industrial partners - global companies, SMEs and startups – and actively supports the launch of technology startups.    Company Website

Leti, a technology research institute at CEA Tech, pioneers micro and nanotechnologies, tailoring differentiating applicative solutions that ensure competitiveness in a wide range of markets. The institute tackles critical challenges such as healthcare, energy, transport and ICTs. 
Its multidisciplinary teams deliver solid expertise for applications ranging from sensors to data processing and computing solutions, leveraging world-class pre-industrialization facilities. 
Leti builds long-term relationships with its industrial partners - global companies, SMEs and startups – and actively supports the launch of technology startups.

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 Coventor® , a  Lam Research  company, is a market leader in automated solutions for developing semiconductor process technology, as well as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Coventor serves a worldwide customer base of integrated device manufacturers, memory suppliers, fabless design houses, independent foundries, and R&D organizations. Its SEMulator3D modeling and analysis platform is used for fast and accurate ‘virtual fabrication’ of advanced manufacturing processes, allowing engineers to understand manufacturing effects early in the development process and reduce time-consuming and costly silicon learning cycles.  Company Website

Coventor® , a Lam Research company, is a market leader in automated solutions for developing semiconductor process technology, as well as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Coventor serves a worldwide customer base of integrated device manufacturers, memory suppliers, fabless design houses, independent foundries, and R&D organizations. Its SEMulator3D modeling and analysis platform is used for fast and accurate ‘virtual fabrication’ of advanced manufacturing processes, allowing engineers to understand manufacturing effects early in the development process and reduce time-consuming and costly silicon learning cycles.

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 We specialize in the delivery of powerful custom software solutions and web applications - from online test delivery platforms for national organizations, to award-winning apps for industries as diverse as Travel and Tourism, Broadcasting and Insurance and extensive, mobile and responsive websites for recognized industry leaders and technology    Company Website

We specialize in the delivery of powerful custom software solutions and web applications - from online test delivery platforms for national organizations, to award-winning apps for industries as diverse as Travel and Tourism, Broadcasting and Insurance and extensive, mobile and responsive websites for recognized industry leaders and technology

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 myStartUpCFO brings you all the CFO you’ll need. We help you navigate the financial facets of your business so you can avoid the epic fails that cause most start-ups to tank in their first year of business. Finance doesn’t have to equal boring. Setting your business up to succeed; building a framework designed to get you to your dream life faster – that’s exciting stuff.    Company Website

myStartUpCFO brings you all the CFO you’ll need. We help you navigate the financial facets of your business so you can avoid the epic fails that cause most start-ups to tank in their first year of business. Finance doesn’t have to equal boring. Setting your business up to succeed; building a framework designed to get you to your dream life faster – that’s exciting stuff.

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 Intrinsix is an advanced semiconductor design services firm with the platforms, process and people to ensure first-turn success of your semiconductor project    Company Website

Intrinsix is an advanced semiconductor design services firm with the platforms, process and people to ensure first-turn success of your semiconductor project

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  Silvaco, Inc.  is a leading EDA provider of software tools used for process and device development and for analog/mixed-signal, power IC and memory design. The portfolio also includes tools for power integrity sign off, reduction of extracted netlist, variation analysis and also production-proven intellectual property (IP) cores. Silvaco delivers a full TCAD-to-Signoff flow for vertical markets including: displays, power electronics, optical devices, radiation & soft error reliability, analog and HSIO design, library and memory design, advanced CMOS process and IP development.    Company Website

Silvaco, Inc. is a leading EDA provider of software tools used for process and device development and for analog/mixed-signal, power IC and memory design. The portfolio also includes tools for power integrity sign off, reduction of extracted netlist, variation analysis and also production-proven intellectual property (IP) cores. Silvaco delivers a full TCAD-to-Signoff flow for vertical markets including: displays, power electronics, optical devices, radiation & soft error reliability, analog and HSIO design, library and memory design, advanced CMOS process and IP development.

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AEPONYX is a fabless micro optical switch semiconductor start-up designing and marketing chips for fiber optic access to the cloud.

With its patented and patent pending technologies, combining planar Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and Silicon Photonics, AEPONYX is building the fastest, most affordable and smallest micro optical switches for use in disaggregated switching systems and enabling tunability in both transmission and reception in pluggable transceivers.

The ever-increasing demand for network connectivity, fueled by mobile devices, video content, cloud applications, Internet of things and social networks, is the source of ever increasing power consumption issues for telecom service providers and data center operators.

This creates opportunities for optical circuit switching and a new generation of tunable transceivers, increasing the capacity on both ends of the optical fiber while lowering power consumption.

By combining Silicon Photonics with MEMS, AEPONYX is creating a unique platform that can support the next generation of optical communications.

AEPONYX’s micro optical switches are 100x faster, 10x cheaper and 10x smaller than the 3D MEMS used in commercial products within data centers and by telecom service providers.

Their speed and cost point open the door to several new applications for equipment manufacturers within fiber optic access networks, mobile networks, data centers and high performance computing.

Moreover, since optical switching can significantly reduce both power consumption as well as latency, equipment manufacturers, telecom and data center network operators have the opportunity to use optical switching to not only reduce their environmental footprint, but also to improve their services differentiation.

AEPONYX will be the market leader in MEMS-based Silicon Photonics.

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 Eridan Communications is a fabless technology company developing the devices and firmware for the next generation of communications hardware for 5G and beyond.  We’re based in Silicon Valley, but we leverage technology partners and resources from around the world.    Company Website

Eridan Communications is a fabless technology company developing the devices and firmware for the next generation of communications hardware for 5G and beyond.  We’re based in Silicon Valley, but we leverage technology partners and resources from around the world.

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 Ayar Labs helps companies keep up with skyrocketing volumes of data by miniaturizing fiber optic transceivers and making them in silicon chips, bringing the super-high bandwidths and low energy use of fiber optics inside computers.     Company Website

Ayar Labs helps companies keep up with skyrocketing volumes of data by miniaturizing fiber optic transceivers and making them in silicon chips, bringing the super-high bandwidths and low energy use of fiber optics inside computers.

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 Probius Diagnostics is developing an application-agnostic, embedded point-of-care (PoC) diagnostic.   The agnostic, broad-spectrum nature of our solution makes it reconfigurable for assays of proteins without the need for specific probe or label.  This is unprecedented and very compelling for a wide range of PoC applications, such as rapid screening in urgent care settings, clinical trials for pharmaceutical research, ambulatory endocrine response monitoring in chronic diseases and  personalized therapeutics, as well as in-field diagnostics for biothreats and food/water quality monitoring.    Company Website     

Probius Diagnostics is developing an application-agnostic, embedded point-of-care (PoC) diagnostic.

 The agnostic, broad-spectrum nature of our solution makes it reconfigurable for assays of proteins without the need for specific probe or label.  This is unprecedented and very compelling for a wide range of PoC applications, such as rapid screening in urgent care settings, clinical trials for pharmaceutical research, ambulatory endocrine response monitoring in chronic diseases and  personalized therapeutics, as well as in-field diagnostics for biothreats and food/water quality monitoring.

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 SPARK is the enabling wireless technology of the future. Its efficiency, agility and robustness allow it to address a large number of markets, many of which are ill-served by current wireless technologies. The SPARK Radio is a wireless transceiver that is more effective than any existing technology, increasing the energy efficiency of wireless communication and enhancing battery life.  This is made possible by a unique architecture that provides an order of magnitude better energy efficiency than the state-of-the-art, and this improvement is achieved through key circuit and system level innovations. Our goal is to significantly extend the limited battery life of electronics that require short-range wireless communications, as well as to increase the robustness and agility of their wireless links.     Company Website

SPARK is the enabling wireless technology of the future. Its efficiency, agility and robustness allow it to address a large number of markets, many of which are ill-served by current wireless technologies. The SPARK Radio is a wireless transceiver that is more effective than any existing technology, increasing the energy efficiency of wireless communication and enhancing battery life.  This is made possible by a unique architecture that provides an order of magnitude better energy efficiency than the state-of-the-art, and this improvement is achieved through key circuit and system level innovations. Our goal is to significantly extend the limited battery life of electronics that require short-range wireless communications, as well as to increase the robustness and agility of their wireless links.

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 GMK is a fabless semiconductor startup company that provides analog and digital mixed IC and related software platform. Based on a proprietary patent portfolio, GMK is creating single-wire connectivity markets starting with smartphones and smart accessories, to IoT and wearables, on through to automotive and smart factory.     Company Website

GMK is a fabless semiconductor startup company that provides analog and digital mixed IC and related software platform. Based on a proprietary patent portfolio, GMK is creating single-wire connectivity markets starting with smartphones and smart accessories, to IoT and wearables, on through to automotive and smart factory.

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Our Vision is to produce network connected smart energy power management products that enable power savings in LED Lighting

ACP's chipsets for LED lighting enable municipalities to drastically reduce power consumption while supporting smart city connectivity in the Internet of Things (IoT)

ACP will produce unique application specific standard products (ASSP), which provide the highest level of integration, performance, efficiency, and control at a fraction of the cost of a discrete system. 

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 Today there is an ever-increasing demand for portable devices with extended battery life as well as greater performance.  However, the supply is being limited by the efficiency of the processors and displays that comprise two of the largest energy consumers within those portable devices.  In response to the power-efficiency dilemma facing manufacturers of portable consumer electronics, Power Down Semiconductor developed Low Power Processing (or LPP™).  The technology uses a “pseudo-adiabatic” technique to recycle charge and prevent CV2f losses in memory blocks, clock buffers, GPIO, and displays.    Company Website

Today there is an ever-increasing demand for portable devices with extended battery life as well as greater performance.  However, the supply is being limited by the efficiency of the processors and displays that comprise two of the largest energy consumers within those portable devices.

In response to the power-efficiency dilemma facing manufacturers of portable consumer electronics, Power Down Semiconductor developed Low Power Processing (or LPP™).  The technology uses a “pseudo-adiabatic” technique to recycle charge and prevent CV2f losses in memory blocks, clock buffers, GPIO, and displays.

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Active Layer Parametrics (ALP Inc.) has developed a system to rapidly and accurately measure mobility and activated carrier concentration profiles with Angstrom-level resolution for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. These profiles detail the depth of electrical activation due to implant-anneal recipes. We're the only system in the world that is capable of doing these measurements on a routine basis. The goal of the company is: Improve Yield by Quick Feedback: Instead having to wait for weeks to get devices made, we could do that in a matter of minutes. Improve Device performance: By tracking process changes to electronic impact - we currently do this 'matrix-analysis'.

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   One Silicon Chip Photonics’ (OSCP’s) mission is to produce simple, light, low-cost, low-power, high-performance Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS) components and integrate them on Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) substrates to create sensors for different applications, in particular motion sensors to measure acceleration or rotation of an object.       Company Website

One Silicon Chip Photonics’ (OSCP’s) mission is to produce simple, light, low-cost, low-power, high-performance Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS) components and integrate them on Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) substrates to create sensors for different applications, in particular motion sensors to measure acceleration or rotation of an object.

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Zeno Semiconductor, Inc. develops and licenses novel memory and logic technologies, which provide innovative paths to scaling semiconductor devices. The memory and logic technologies are manufacturable on mainstream CMOS and FinFET fabrication processes, with no new materials or equipments, with no changes to any of the existing libraries and IPs. Zeno currently has been awarded more than 50 patents. 

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 Xceler Systems is developing a new kind of processor and platform to enable the next generation Intelligent Edge.  The brain-like graph engine is built using “Digital Neurons,” with the ability to dynamically form thousands of synapses every clock cycle for computing.  This Neuromorphic processor does not require the developer to learn new languages or design flows and works with a C/C++ front end.     Xceler graph processor (XGE) and the Xceler graph compiler (XGC) will enable customers to implement supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms such as association, classification and clustering to solve problems with real time constraints, on the edge.  Xceler processors will provide orders of magnitude better performance at substantially lower power.    Company Website

Xceler Systems is developing a new kind of processor and platform to enable the next generation Intelligent Edge.  The brain-like graph engine is built using “Digital Neurons,” with the ability to dynamically form thousands of synapses every clock cycle for computing.  This Neuromorphic processor does not require the developer to learn new languages or design flows and works with a C/C++ front end.

 

Xceler graph processor (XGE) and the Xceler graph compiler (XGC) will enable customers to implement supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms such as association, classification and clustering to solve problems with real time constraints, on the edge.  Xceler processors will provide orders of magnitude better performance at substantially lower power.

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Chaos Prime provides the connectivity platform for enabling connected products and connected business processes an Internet of Things (IoT) network through its innovative, highly reliable, ultra-secure and scalable purpose-built IoT system.

The Problem

Current industrial, enterprise and personal networks were not designed for handling the connection of millions or even billions of devices transmitting small bytes of data on an automated basis. Analysts estimate that IoT market will exceed $11 billion on top end with over 50 billion devices connected to IoT networks over the five years. These numbers and the rapid growth are tremendous, but, already there’s evidence of this trend with the advent of 'smart everything' being developed.

Enterprises, governments, and individuals will be challenged with how to scale billions of devices to primarily low cost, battery-powered devices layered on top of already crowded Internet infrastructure securely. It's this integration of billions of low bit rate data, from low-powered devices, sent autonomously over a secured connection that's creating the great challenge for the remaining parts of this decade that's overwhelming markets and industries.

Current technologies, protocols, standards don't fit the bill. Existing players are scrambling to retrofit their technologies to meet these criteria with little effect. While the normal alliances and associations have kicked-off their typical decade long debates on standards and protocols discussion there's an insatiable demand for this new application. The IoT market will not be dominated by any single entity, but, instead only a co-mingling of ecosystems targeted in individuals markets and applications is the only solution for such a vast demand.

The Solution

Chaos Prime introduces a highly reliable, scalable and ultra-secure connectivity platform for IoT products and business processes. Our patented, innovative system provides a feature rich connectivity platform for the network bridging the connection between connected products and business processes. No other system on the market offers the reliability, scale and security of the Chaos Prime market-leading solution as validated by numerous pundits and wireless technology experts and company officials.

Our seamless design and integration into higher bandwidth wireless signals allows for substantially increased reliability and low interference from other RF signals to ensure the connected products and processes are communicating reliably. In addition, buried below the higher bandwidth signal, the Chaos Prime signals go nearly unnoticed by would-be hackers.

In addition, in terms of deployment and usage with Wi-Fi systems, we co-exist with Wi-Fi signal to enable a unique multi-user CSMA approach that provides 8x-10x increase in capacity for IoT messages. We embed our core technology into a normal Wi-Fi box providing a dedicated IoT channel to make ease of use, deployment and maintenance for enterprises.

Now Enterprises can get their Wi-Fi and IoT in the same box. Now CIO's no longer have to worry about adding and maintaining additional equipment to their network. We eliminate the hassles of learning and managing new protocols, base stations, and technologies. We all get and understand Wi-Fi. In fact, Enterprises can use same existing vendors/suppliers for Wi-Fi, but now with embedded Chaos Prime. This substantially reduces installation and maintenance costs going forward. Devices, products and system processes self-identify and connect to the network.

Our solution allows Enterprises to manage their quality, reliability and deployment free of third-party providers that want to manage the network and connectivity and charge exorbitant fees for their equipment and services.

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Our Vision

We are a Singapore-based company established to provide world-class compelling and affordable solutions to improve connectivity and quality of life for everyone. 

Our Mission

Gigabits wireless connectivity to allow better and timely services everywhere, for everyone.

Research and Development

Collaborating with distinguished Singapore Government Research Agency A*STAR, we have the accessibility to Singapore vibrant research talents and wide range of Intellectual Properties and Patents Portfolio.

Design and Implementation

Experienced in wireless communications protocol and standardization. We have the competencies from system design and simulations to ASIC realization.

Customization of Solution

We work closely with Industry Partners to deliver customized solutions for their products and customers' requirement.

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 REX Computing is developing a new, hyper-efficient processor architecture targeting the requirements for the supercomputers of today, and all the computers of tomorrow.  To do this, we are throwing out the feature creep and bloat of processors of the past 30 years, and using improvements in the world of software to greatly simplify the processor itself to only what is necessary.  In doing so, we are able to deliver a 10 to 25x increase in energy efficiency for the same performance level compared to existing GPU and CPU systems    Company Website

REX Computing is developing a new, hyper-efficient processor architecture targeting the requirements for the supercomputers of today, and all the computers of tomorrow.

To do this, we are throwing out the feature creep and bloat of processors of the past 30 years, and using improvements in the world of software to greatly simplify the processor itself to only what is necessary.

In doing so, we are able to deliver a 10 to 25x increase in energy efficiency for the same performance level compared to existing GPU and CPU systems

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 Chairman, Co-Founder and C?O

Chairman, Co-Founder and C?O

Rick Lazansky

  • CEO Silicon Catalyst (former)
  • Director Sand Hill Angels
  • i-GATE NEST
  • Xpedion Design Systems/Agilent, VP Product Development 
  • Chairman & Co-Founder Denali Software
 CEO, Director

CEO, Director

Pete Rodriguez

  • VP & GM Interface & Power NXP Semiconductor
  • CEO Exar
  • CMO Virage Logic
  • CEO Xpedion Design Systems
 COO, Director

COO, Director

Nick Kepler

  • Managing Director Silicon Catalyst
  • VP Products SuVolta
  • VP Design Enablement and Program Management GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • VP Process Technology Development AMD
 Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Tarun Verma

  • Senior Director at Altera
 Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Richard Curtin

  • Co-Founder & Exec Nucleos
  • Sr Dir & GM NXP
  • Angels by the Sea
  • Exec @ 11 Startups
 Partner

Partner

Raul Camposano

  • CEO of Sage Design Automation
  • CEO Nimbic
  • CTO, GM, and SVP Synopsys
  • Professor at University of Paderborn and GMD
 Co-Founder and Director

Co-Founder and Director

Dan Armbrust

  • CEO Silicon Catalyst (former)
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMATECH
  • VP Semiconductor Operations IBM Microelectronics
 Partner

Partner

Lance Bell

  • President and CEO of LGB, LLC
  • Co-Founder and CEO of Nanobionovum, LLC
 Partner

Partner

Larry Chao

  • Vice President of Operations at Cinarra Systems
  • Director of Business Development and Marketing at Intel Corporation
  • Vice President of Marketing at Balluun
 Partner

Partner

Dinesh Maheshwari

  • CTO, Memory Division, Cypress Semiconductor
  • Director at JEDEC and UPA
  • Technologist - 7 companies
  • 4 Advisory Boards
 Partner

Partner

JJ Wu 吳景莊

  • Vice President, UMC 聯華電子
  • Mentor, Huawei Technologies 
  • Distinguished Engineer, IBM
  • Fellowship, Caltech
 Director

Director

Jim Hogan

  • GM Vista Ventures
  • GP Telos Venture Partners
  • SVP Artisan
  • Corp VP, Exec Fellow Cadence
 
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A conversation with David Huffman, CEO of Power Down Semiconductor, Inc.,
a Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company.

Interview with Silicon Catalyst Advisor John East

Jim Gobes, CEO of Intrinsix, discusses their role as a Silicon Catalyst in-kind partner

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A conversation with Gautam Kavipurapu, Founder, CEO/CTO of Xceler Systems,
a Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company.

Wilbur Catabay, Senior Vice President, TDCS & Corporate Strategy of TSI Semiconductors discusses their role as a Silicon Catalyst in-kind partner

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Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company Interview - An interview with CLOPTECH CEO Albert Chai

In-Kind Partner Interview with Aram Sarkissian General Manager, Engineering Sciences of EAG

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A conversation with Frederic Nabki, CEO of Spark Microsystems,
a Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company.

In-Kind Partner Interview - Doug Lefever
Director, President and CEO of Advantest America and Managing Executive Officer on the Board of Directors of Advantest Corporation discusses their role as a Silicon Catalyst in-kind partner and how they are interfacing with Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Companies.

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We are high on High Voltage - Silicon Catalyst is proud to announce the newest “element” of our Periodic Table of Focus Areas. Today, “HV” (for High Voltage and Power Density semiconductors) joins IoT, Wearables, Bio, Energy, and Transportation as areas of focus for our incubator.

A conversation with Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company Ayar Labs’ CEO and co-founder Alex Wright-Gladstein

In-Kind Partner Interview with Sassine Ghazi, co-General Manager, Design Group, Corporate Staff - SYNOPSYS

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A conversation with Philippe Babin CEO of Aeponyx, a Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company.

Lumerical’s Director of Marketing Bill De Vries discusses their role as a Silicon Catalyst in-kind partner and how they are interfacing with Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Companies.

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Spark Microsystems: LP On-Chip Radios

Startup seeks to displace BLE with RF that is extremely low energy.

PUBLISHED ON APRIL 2ND,  2018  READ ARTICLE

 

SEMICONDUCTOR ENGINEERING

Xceler Systems: Graph Architecture

Startup building AI chip like a brain, a few synapses at a time.

PUBLISHED ON MARCH 19TH,  2018  READ ARTICLE

 

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Ayar Labs: Faster I/O

Processer I/O made of fiber, not copper, could help reconfigure data centers.

PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 19TH,  2018  READ ARTICLE

 

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PowerDown: Power Efficiency

Recycling power used in one chip cycle to run the other can save 90% over pulling straight from the battery.

PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 15TH,  2018  READ ARTICLE

 

SEMICONDUCTOR ENGINEERING

Aeponyx: Optical Chips For Telecom

New company seeks to cut cost of optical switch by 10X, improve performance by 100X.

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Silicon Catalyst: Semiconductor Incubator

With support from TSMC and Synopsys, new company funds and advises silicon startups.

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[November 10, 2017] Canadian Government announces $2.2 million in funding for Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Company SPARK Microsystems to develop technology for wireless communications devices

MONTREAL, Canada--(Business Insider - November 10, 2017) - MP Marc Miller announces $2.2 million for Montréal company to develop technology for wireless communications devices

Canadians could be using their mobile devices for much longer without draining the battery thanks to a Government of Canada investment in a new clean technology aimed at dramatically reducing the energy needed to power wireless devices.

The $2.2-million investment was announced today by Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Îles-des-Sœurs, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

This investment will support SPARK Microsystems in designing, building and testing an ultra-low power microchip. The energy-efficient chip has the potential to reduce the power consumption of devices connected to the Internet as well as the amount of waste created during battery production. That will benefit Canadian consumers and create well-paying middle-class jobs in Canada.

This project is being funded through Sustainable Development Technology Canada, which works with Canadian companies to bring early-stage clean technologies to market.

Investments in clean technology are part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

Quotes

“Investments like the one we are celebrating today are key to Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. It is clean tech innovation that will help propel Canada’s economy forward while at the same time creating new jobs and protecting our environment.”

– Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Îles-des-Sœurs

“Our government’s investments in clean technology reflect our commitment to protecting the planet. But they also point to a clear and strategic direction for economic development through innovation. That’s because innovations in clean tech will lead to products and services that have an impact on all sectors of the economy. And clean tech has the potential to create thousands of well-paying jobs for Canadians. That’s how innovation leads to a better Canada.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Anyone who has watched the battery life drain from their cellphone just when they need it most will want to keep their eyes on SPARK Microsystems’ innovation. This ultra-low-power transceiver chip will reduce power consumption, battery waste and inputs to the manufacturing process while improving battery life across a wide range of devices. SDTC is proud to support this game-changing clean technology.”

– Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

“Currently, the battery life of a wide range of wireless devices is not sufficient for many applications, leading to high energy consumption, frequent recharge cycles, and batteries that require costly maintenance and generate significant waste. SPARK Microsystems has developed a unique wireless technology that is more energy efficient than incumbent technologies. It significantly lowers the energy used by the wireless communications function of a device in order to dramatically lower its reliance on batteries.”

– Frederic Nabki, CEO, SPARK Microsystems

[November 10, 2017] Silicon Catalyst Featured in EETimes

SAN JOSE, CA--(EE Times - November 10, 2017) - Chip Incubator Warms New Startups

Rick Merritt - Silicon Catalyst added ON Semiconductor as a partner and two new startups to the dozen it incubates. The accelerator focused on semiconductor startups hopes to expand its geographic footprint in January and launch its first graduates soon.

Like most of its partners, ON Semi joined Silicon Catalyst to get a better view of its pipeline of startups. The incubator screens hundreds of startups every year to select a handful that become portfolio companies, getting access to EDA and test tools and services from partners, including a shuttle run at TSMC.

“My role is to look outside the company and fill innovation and technology gaps,” said Mamoon Rashid, senior vice president of strategic ventures at ON Semi. “This partnership gives us a view of the semiconductor startup environment…there are a lot of incubators in software, but not a lot in semiconductors."

Not surprisingly, one of Silicon Catalyst’s newest startups is designing an accelerator for machine learning, an area that has reawakened an otherwise sleepy area of venture investing in silicon.

Xceler Systems Inc. is designing an FPGA-like graph processor, promising substantially lower power than alternative chips for supervised and unsupervised learning. It eventually aims to make it based on the RISC-V architecture.

Silicon Catalyst’s other new startup, Power Down Semiconductors, developed a process to recycle charge and prevent power loses in chips and displays. It focuses on the market for consumer electronics devices such as smartphones.

Also in the Silicon Catalyst portfolio are the following startups with their products:

  • ACP Semi: Smart, integrated LEDs
  • Aeponyx: MEMS-based silicon photonics switches
  • Ayar Labs: Optical I/O blocks made in CMOS
  • Chaos Prime: An IoT radio to withstand factory interference
  • ClopTech: A 60 GHz radio
  • Rex Computing: A parallel processor
  • Spark Microsystems: A lot power IoT radio
  • Zeno: Designer of a 1T SRAM

The company, announced in late 2014, takes 10-12% in equity in exchange for incubating startups for two years, providing them tools, services, connections and mentoring.

“We have three companies nearing their two-year anniversary date, so we have to figure out how we do graduation,” said Rick Lazansky, Silicon Catalyst’s chief executive.

— Rick Merritt, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, EE Times

Semiconductor IPOs Back in Vogue

[November 8, 2017] ON Semiconductor & Silicon Catalyst Partner to Assure Next Generation of Innovation

PHOENIX, AZ and SILICON VALLEY, CA--(EDA Cafe - November 8, 2017) - Focus on establishing supportive ecosystem for silicon solution startups

In a drive toward assuring the next generation of innovation in the digital world, ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: ON), driving energy efficient innovations, has joined the network on corporate affiliates of Silicon Catalyst, the global incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon. This relationship provides further commitment to the development of a supportive ecosystem for semiconductor start-ups and commitment to silicon innovation.

The ecosystem provides ON Semiconductor with early access to the innovative Portfolio Companies of Silicon Catalyst and the opportunity to consult with Silicon Catalyst in the pursuit of startups that align with ON Semiconductor’s current and future focus markets.

“ON Semiconductor’s recent growth has been fueled by the cultivation of strategic business and technologies, complimentary to areas where we are innovating,” said Mamoon Rashid, senior vice president of strategic business ventures at ON Semiconductor. “The need for a strong ecosystem for the development of new semiconductor companies and their innovations is clear. ON Semiconductor is excited to participate in the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem, both gaining access to early silicon innovations as well as provide guidance and intellectual resources needed to support ongoing development in the semiconductor industry.”

"Joining forces with ON Semiconductor will accelerate the development of the ecosystem for the next generation of innovation in silicon,” said Nick Kepler, managing partner at Silicon Catalyst. “The insight and real world experience that ON Semiconductor will provide to us and to our Portfolio Companies will be invaluable. We’ve already seen a great impact from ON Semiconductor, and our other partners, as the outlook for semiconductor startups today is the best it has been in the past decade, and continues to improve.”

In the past 24 months, Silicon Catalyst has screened well over 100 start-ups from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 12 startups admitted to the incubator are developing innovations in LED, energy, silicon photonics, memory technology, wireless communications, and biomedical devices.

“These 12 start-ups are proof that the semiconductor start-up ecosystem is thriving, and there is no lack of great ideas and inspiration,” added Lazansky.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.

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[November 1, 2017] CLOP Technologies and Sivers IMA signed Memorandum of Understanding

SILICON VALLEY, CA--(Sivers IMA - November 1, 2017) - CLOP Technologies and Sivers IMA signed Memorandum of Understanding

CLOP Technologies (“CLOPTech”) and Sivers IMA are pleased to announce their newly formed partnership. CLOPTech, a Singapore company providing Gigabit wireless solutions and engaging in the Singapore Smart Nation initiative. The intention of this partnership is to provide the market with a fully integrated wireless Gigabit offering using both companies’ intellectual property. The complete solution includes Sivers IMA’s WiGig RFIC, TRX BF01 and CLOPTech’s CT6100, modem, which together will create a compliant 802.11ad (WiGig) communications module ready to use.

“This cooperation is certainly exciting to us, since it will definitely widen the market opportunities for Sivers IMA. CLOPTech has shown great technical capabilities. I am also impressed with their detailed understanding of the Asian market as well as their customer and partner network”, says Anders Storm, CEO of Sivers IMA.

“Sivers IMA offers world class WiGig 60 GHz radio performance, which is critical for any WiGig system. For CLOPTech, working with Sivers has many benefits and opens up market opportunities for both our companies. This partnership secures an integral component for our system offerings and puts us in an excellent position when designing our modules and solutions for our customers. We see a clear market demand with customers already lined up, ready to go to market with our integrated solution”, says Albert Chai, CEO of CLOPTech.

The design and development work is now in progress and the aim is to offer engineering samples to key customers in the beginning of 2018.

About CLOP Technologies

CLOP Technologies Pte Ltd is a company incorporated in 2015, Singapore, with a vision to provide world-class, compelling and affordable solutions to improve connectivity and quality of life for everyone, hence the name Connecting the Lives Of People, CLOPTech. Over this short time, CLOPTech has grown on a remarkable scale and will continue to grow and fulfill our promises to Provide Gigabit Wireless Everywhere, for Everyone. Learn more at http://www.cloptech.com.

About Sivers IMA Holding

Sivers IMA Holding AB is a leading and internationally renowned supplier, publicly traded under SIVE. The wholly owned subsidiaries Sivers IMA and CST Global develop, manufacture and sell cutting-edge chips, components, modules and subsystems based on proprietary advanced semiconductor technology in microwave, millimeter wave and optical semiconductors. Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more at http://siversima.com.

[October 17, 2017] Active Layer Parametrics and EAG Laboratories Announce Agreement

SILICON VALLEY, CA--(EAG Laboratories - October 17, 2017) - Active Layer Parametrics and EAG Laboratories Announce Agreement on Sale of First ALPro-50 Metrology Tool

Active Layer Parametrics (ALP), a Silicon Valley semiconductor metrology tool startup company, and EAG Laboratories (EAG), a global scientific services company, today announced their agreement for the purchase of ALP’s first commercial metrology tool (ALPro-50) by EAG. ALP has developed a novel technology for the comprehensive electrical characterization of electronic materials. As high tech industry progresses to more advanced applications, measuring the electrical properties of ever-thinner electronic materials employed in high-performance device structures necessitates high precision measurement for accelerated and efficient unit process development and device modeling. Unlike existing measurement techniques, the ALPro technology provides carrier concentration, mobility and resistivity depth profiles through thin semiconductor layers at angstrom-level resolution.

“We are very excited to make our first ALPro-50 tool sale to EAG who is a world leader in electronic materials characterization,” said ALP CEO Dr. Bulent Basol. “EAG’s leadership in Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis of materials combined with ALP’s revolutionary toolbox will enable us to develop measurement recipes for a variety of materials employed in a wide range of devices. This toolbox will be invaluable for companies developing ultra-shallow technologies on Si, as well as for groups working on the development and qualification of materials, process recipes and tools for Ge and III-V based devices.”

“We are excited to be the first company to acquire ALP’s unique ALPro-50 tool,” said Pat Lindley, Executive Vice President of EAG. “We believe ALP’s technology has much to offer our customers in supplementing the concentration depth profiles provided by SIMS with valuable depth profiles of electrical properties.”

About ALP

ALP is a Silicon Valley semiconductor metrology equipment startup developing a technology with the unique capability of measuring and profiling all of the critical electrical properties, including mobility and active carrier concentration, of semiconductor layers at atomic-level resolution. Application areas include precise characterization of source-drain regions for MOSFETs and new material layers (SiGe, Ge, III-V) used in advanced device structures. For more information, please visit: www.alpinc.net.

About EAG

One of the most respected names in materials characterization for research, production and failure analysis support, EAG Laboratories is a global scientific services company operating at the intersection of science, technology and business. Through multidisciplinary expertise in the life, materials and engineering sciences, EAG Laboratories helps companies innovate and improve products, ensure quality and safety, protect intellectual property and comply with evolving global regulations. EAG Laboratories employs 1,200+ employees across 20 laboratories in seven countries, serving more than 7,000 clients worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.eag.com.

[April 4, 2017] SPARK Microsystems Joins the Silicon Catalyst Incubator

MONTREAL, CANADA and SILICON VALLEY, CA--(SPARK Microsystems - April 4, 2017) - Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, based in Silicon Valley, CA, announced the admission of the startup SPARK Microsystems into the incubator.

SPARK Microsystems offers a unique and innovative wireless transceiver technology that achieves an order of magnitude better energy efficiency and latency than Bluetooth Low Energy or ZigBee at faster data rates. The technology significantly extends the battery life of electronics, and enables the battery-less operation of wireless devices such as sensors when paired with energy harvesting technologies.

Silicon Catalyst CEO Rick Lazansky said, “By enabling wireless to become the most energy efficient part of a system, SPARK Microsystems is poised to disrupt the perception of the wireless function by system engineers.”

Key market drivers for SPARK Microsystems are notably related to the growth of the Internet of Things, which includes high volume segments such as sensor networks, home and industrial automation, smart buildings, automotive, medical wireless devices and consumer electronics.

SPARK Microsystems Cofounder Frederic Nabki explains, “Businesses looking to enter the Internet of Things with battery or energy harvesting operated devices face a critical challenge: there is no suitable wireless solution available to provide satisfactory battery life without significantly compromising link performance or responsiveness. Our technology changes that. Thanks to the in-kind partners provided by Silicon Catalyst and to their connections to expert advisors, we will significantly reduce the time-to-market of our innovative wireless technology. We are excited to be part of the semiconductor development and investment in Canada, in cooperation with Silicon Catalyst.”

John East, former CEO of Actel said, “No one wants an array of IoT devices that must have their batteries changed often. In fact, no one wants to change batteries at all. Energy harvesting is the answer, but with the upcoming requirements for transferring larger amounts of data at ever-increasing rates, today’s ‘standard’ wireless techniques are more or less incompatible with energy harvesting. Today’s standards were created to solve a specific set of requirements and they did it well, but times are changing. Today’s standards won’t solve tomorrow’s problems. In fact, they have become tomorrow’s problem! SPARK is the answer.” East joined SPARK Microsystems as a Senior Advisor and Strategist after being introduced to its founders and technology by Silicon Catalyst.

About SPARK Microsystems

SPARK Microsystems is a fabless semiconductor company that is leading the way towards ultra-low power wireless communications for the Internet of Things revolution. With its patented technologies, SPARK Microsystems will bring to market a high performance wireless transceiver that allows for orders of magnitude improved power consumption and latency while providing higher data rates than competing technologies. For more information, please visit www.sparkmicro.com.

[March 7, 2017] TechCode and Silicon Catalyst Combined Strength Creates Unprecedented Global Support Network for Silicon-Focused Start-Ups

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Yahoo! Finance - March 7, 2017) - TechCode and Silicon Catalyst Collaboration to Rev Up Semiconductor Start-Up Ecosystem

Incubators combined strength creates unprecedented global support network for silicon-focused start-ups

TechCode, a global network of startup incubators and entrepreneur ecosystems, and Silicon Catalyst, the world’s leading incubator focused on silicon and electronics systems, today announces a partnership to support startups set to deliver innovative silicon and electronics systems. Leveraging the unique strengths of each program, startups from the TechCode cohort can utilize the Silicon Catalyst extensive semiconductor ecosystem to develop products in a variety of industries including healthcare, robotics, artificial intelligence and more, while Silicon Catalyst startups benefit from TechCode locations and investor network.

“As TechCode’s startups today increasingly focus on innovations that require tapping into the semiconductor ecosystem, Siilcon Catalyst will provide a critical element vital to the success of these startups,” said TechCode CEO Erica Huang. “No one has built a better position in this ecosystem than Silicon Catalyst and we’re thrilled to add them to our growing list of best-in-class partners in an effort to further assist the startups in our global accelerator programs.”

With an extensive global network of incubators across locations such as Silicon Valley, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Berlin, Finland and Tel Aviv, TechCode is uniquely capable of helping startups scale globally. To help startups enter the China market, TechCode has a strategic partnership with CFLD, a leader in investment and operation of new industrial cities. CFLD integrates industry, university, research, government and finance resources in over 40 industrial new cities across the world.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley and servicing startups globally, Silicon Catalyst also offers silicon-focused startups opportunities to partner with leading industry players such as TSMC, Synopsys and Texas Instruments to provide guidance and connections throughout the semiconductor ecosystem. With the focus on developing an ecosystem that makes it feasible for semiconductor and electronic systems startups to thrive, the TechCode and Silicon Catalyst partnership will further allow participating startups to spur innovation in the semiconductor industry.

“TechCode’s extensive global reach will allow us to work with entrepreneurs around the world as the startup ecosystem rapidly expands beyond Silicon Valley,” said Silicon Catalyst CEO Rick Lazansky. “The TechCode worldwide presence provides an opportunity for global incubation at any of the TechCode’s international locations for Silicon Catalyst’s startups.”

To learn more about TechCode, visit http://us.techcode.com/ and to learn more about Silicon Catalyst, visit http://siliconcatalyst.com/.

About TechCode

Focusing on incubator operation management and technology startup cultivation, TechCode is committed to building the world's leading entrepreneurship ecosystem. Integrating a wide range of global resources, TechCode has established incubators in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guan, Silicon Valley, Seoul, Finland, Tel Aviv and Berlin to help get its startup members on their feet and grow rapidly.

About CFLD

CFLD (China Fortune Land Development Co, Ltd) integrates five resources: industry, university, research, government and finance in over 40 industrial new cities across the world. Depending on the layout of its business partner they pioneer an innovative technology chain including incubation—acceleration—industrialization—commercialization, providing full support to entrepreneurs from the “first step” to “every step” of entrepreneurship to the last mile.

[February 3, 2017] Tech.Co on Accelerators to Watch for in 2017

AUSTIN, TX--(TECH.CO - February 3, 2017) - TECH.CO names Silicon Catalyst and TechCode two of its Top Accelerators to Watch for in 2017

Conor Cawley - When it comes to success in the business world, startups get all the glory. Whether their innovative products have transformed a struggling industry or their fascinating new software has created a new means of doing business, startups are lorded as the heroes of innovation. But there’s a lot to be said about another institution that plays a big roll in the success of these burgeoning companies; an unsung hero that goes unappreciated when unicorns rise and fall: accelerators.

Accelerators are the ones that support and nurture startups from an early-stage. In addition to providing funding, they often house these startups in beautiful buildings with enough networking opportunities and mentoring experience to fuel their success in the long run.

With all the trends for 2017 getting set in stone, it’s important to know which accelerators are on the way up in the new year. Take a look at a few accelerators that are poised to make some noise in 2017:

1. SILICON CATALYST (SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS)

Based out of San Jose, Silicon Catalyst is the world’s first incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solution startups. A recipient of the prestigious UBM Canon Startup Company of the Year in 2015, Silicon Catalyst selects startups to incubate in conjunction with an ecosystem of in-kind partners, industry-leading companies, and potential investors.

2. TECHCODE GLOBAL AI+ ACCELERATOR (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE)

Based out of Mountain View, California, TechCode’s accelerator helps startups from locations all over the world, rather than limiting them to one city. Additionally, the program has a unique focus on the applications of artificial intelligence technologies in a variety of industry verticals.

[January 14, 2017] Silicon Catalyst Development Partner Company Matrix Industries' Indiegogo Campaign Surpasses $1 Million

[December 8, 2016] CLOPTech Innovation Receives Grant

SINGAPORE and SUNNYVALE, CA--(EIN Presswire - December 8, 2016) - Gigabit Wireless Specialty Solution Provider to Enable Better and Timely Services Everywhere for Everyone

CLOP Technologies Pte. Ltd., a fabless semiconductor startup company based in Singapore, announced the receipt of support through SPRING Singapore’s Technology Enterprise Commercialization Scheme, a competitive grant, for its developmental efforts towards the commercialization of proprietary technology solutions.

CLOPTech, incorporated in Singapore in November 2015, is a spin-off from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), a research agency dedicated to fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based economy.

CLOPTech, inspired by connecting the lives of people through innovative technologies, was recently admitted to Silicon Catalyst, a prestigious Silicon Valley-based incubator, and has gained access to an array of world-class networks of mentors, service providers and investors.

“Receiving the SPRING TECS grant validates our vision. We are very encouraged by the recognition of our innovative business model for bringing our multi-year R&D efforts to the real world,” said Albert Chai, founder and CEO at CLOPTech.

“We are very pleased with SPRING’s recognition of our portfolio company for its innovative solutions and its potential to make a difference to society,” said Silicon Catalyst CEO Rick Lazansky.

About CLOPTech:

CLOPTech is a Gigabits wireless solution specialist startup aiming for the fast growing Asian market. A spin-off from the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), taps into regional large ecosystem and delivers the increasing connectivity requirements for IoTs and next 5G systems.

About SPRING Singapore:

SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. The Technology Enterprise Commercialization Scheme (TECS) aims to catalyze the formation and growth of such start-ups based on strong technology Intellectual Property and a scalable business model. Please visit www.spring.gov.sg for more information and news about SPRING Singapore.

For more information, please visit www.cloptech.com

[October 24, 2016] GMK Innovation Extends the Lifetime of the Audio Jack

SEOUL, South Korea--(GMK - October 24, 2016) - Single-Wire Connectivity Pioneer Powers Up the Future for Billions of Devices, Links to Past of 100-Year-Old Standard

GMK, a fabless semiconductor startup company based in Korea, announced the world’s first single-wire connectivity chipset solution for smart devices, GMK’s proprietary Power and Data Communication Interface (GPCI). This chipset solution enables the 3.5mm audio jack to perform power transfer and digital data communication similar to USB, while providing legacy analog audio compatibility. Notwithstanding Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) announcement to eliminate audio jack ports, the annual world-wide billion unit market for handsets and mobile devices overwhelmingly continues to support the 3.5 mm audio jack standard.

GMK’s (GPCI) solution consists of a pair of chipsets, a Master IC (GNA101) for host devices such as mobile phones and a Slave IC (GNA102) for smart accessories such as active audio devices. In smartphone applications, the Master IC uses the microphone line for single-wire connectivity to communicate power and digital data with the Slave IC located in active accessories. A GPCII-enabled audio jack can provide power up to 200mA with a transfer rate of 1Mbps. Power and digital data transfer rates are completely optimized for digital voice transfer, remote-control key events, or any kind of data exchanges between the Host and Slave Device.

To provide backward compatibility for legacy analog devices, GPCI provides device identification and authentication process before power supplying and data communication. When the legacy analog audio device is plugged into 3.5mm audio jack, Master IC switches the communication channel to set the audio path to traditional analog mode.

By leveraging high performance speech CODEC, GPCI delivers a high quality digital voice transmission from earphone (Slave Device) to smartphone (Host Device) through an analog microphone line, while minimizing cable noise or latency issues. Audio devices with the standard USB port require big and costly inductors to reduce noise interference caused by the high voltage swing of USB connections. GPCI chipset communication is characterized by very low peak-to-peak voltage swing over the power line. This enables minimal noise interference on the audio line or circuit, providing a simple and low cost active accessory connection.

“GPCI may shift the paradigm of 100-years-old audio jack from single-purpose audio port to multi-purpose communication port. It can redefine the mobile accessory market and related eco system with enhanced audio jack.” said Tom Chiu, a partner of Enspire Capital.

As a single-wire connectivity solution, GPCI has many diverse applications, with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) earphone for smartphone as the initial entry market. Today, utilizing an ANC earphone with a smartphone audio jack requires a large battery pack for power and digital data communication. A wired ANC earphone with a USB or lightning port cannot be used when the smartphone is charging.

“Apart from eliminating the ability for simultaneous charging and listening, Lightning or USB usage poses many other challenges for audio devices. For example, because Lightning or USB port requires external digital components like DAC or amplifiers, audio device manufacturing costs are driven much higher compared to analog devices. In addition, power consumption is very high not only at audio playback time, but also during standby plugin time. Those challenges are critical for USB accessory OEM makers as well as for users. GMK’s GPCI provides an elegant low-cost, low-power solution to these challenges,” said James Hwang, CEO of GMK.

GMK is currently actively promoting GPCI to Android phone OEM/ODM manufacturers and active accessory manufacturers with a fully working prototype consisting of a Nexus phone and ANC earphone. Upgrading devices with 3.5mm audio jacks to use GNA101 and GNA102 requires only a few weeks of integration by OEM manufacturers.

“This innovative solution developed by GMK will likely greatly extend the lifetime of the venerable audio-jack standard by providing new key capabilities. This will be music to the ears of the OEM manufacturers producing over a billion Android phones every year,” said Lance Bell, CEO of LGB, LLC.

About GMK:

GMK is a fabless semiconductor startup company that provides analog and digital mixed IC and related software platform. Based on a proprietary patent portfolio, GMK is creating single-wire connectivity markets starting with smartphones and smart accessories, to IoT and wearables, on through to automotive and smart factory.

For more information, please visit www.gmkay.com

[September 28, 2016] AEPONYX to Receive $1.9M SDTC Grant for MEMS Optical Switch

MONTREAL, Canada--(Yahoo! Finance - September 28, 2016) - AEPONYX is pleased to confirm its selection by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to receive $1.9M in the form of a non-refundable grant as announced by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Hon. Navdeep Bains.

The grant is expected to be used toward the development and industrialization of planar micro optical switch chips based on AEPONYX's unique platform combining Silicon Photonics with micro-electrical-mechanical-system (MEMS). The project is budgeted at approximately $5.7M and receipt of the grant is subject to entering into a Contribution Agreement with SDTC.

"Sustainable Development Technology Canada is very proud to support the commercialization of AEPONYX's innovative technology," said Leah Lawrence, SDTC President and Chief Executive Officer. "This project will create green jobs for the local economy, increase efficiency in the sector and provide economic and environmental benefits for all Canadians."

"Use of optical switching can significantly improve the energy efficiency of telecommunication and data center networks while increasing the network capacity and lowering latency" explains AEPONYX CEO Philippe Babin. "Our chips are so small that optical switching functionality can be embedded in disaggregated switching systems as well as in optical transceiver subassemblies, therefore addressing two multi-billion fast growing markets. We are grateful to SDTC for their continued support in enabling us to bring this disruptive technology to market."

AEPONYX has developed a low-cost optical micro optical switch chip that costs one-tenth of legacy optical switches while improving switching time by a factor of one hundred. The chip will be tested by consortium members with the goal of demonstrating the required optical performance for data centre and base station applications at a lower power consumption than that of current electrical switching technology.

For more information about this project, visit: Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to support innovative and entrepreneurial clean technology projects. Our portfolio of companies develop and demonstrate new technologies that address issues related to climate change, air quality, clean water and soil.

About AEPONYX Inc.

AEPONYX is a micro optical switch leader designing and marketing chips for fiber optic access to the cloud. With its patented technologies, combining planar Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and Silicon Photonics, AEPONYX builds the fastest, most affordable and smallest micro optical switches for tunable transceivers and optical circuit switches.

For more information, please www.aeponyx.com.

Media Contact: Philippe Babin, AEPONYX inc., (514) 360-7746, philippe.babin@aeponyx.com

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[September 13, 2016] MEMS Silicon Photonics Pioneer AEPONYX Joins Silicon Catalyst Incubator to Accelerate Time to Market

MONTREAL, Canada and SILICON VALLEY, CA--(SYS-CON Media - September 13, 2016) - Silicon Catalyst, the world's only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, based in Silicon Valley, CA, announced today the admission of the startup AEPONYX into the incubator.

AEPONYX innovations relate to the use of high performance optical waveguides being moved and bent on top of planar electrostatic MEMS. The technology is covered by 6 pending patents covering the concept, the manufacturing process and applications. Silicon Catalyst partners – Synopsys, TSMC, Keysight, IMEC, Advantest, PDF Solutions Inc., and Autodesk – will provide incubator participants with access to their relevant capabilities and services to address the typical design, prototyping, test and characterization needs of startups. "We are proud of being the first Canadian company invited by Silicon Catalyst", explains AEPONYX CEO Philippe Babin. "Developing MEMS-based silicon photonics chips is a long and cost-intensive process. The expertise and in-kind support from Silicon Catalyst will significantly reduce our required investment and will secure our execution plan". "This start-up is about to revolutionize fiber optic telecommunications", says Silicon Catalyst CEO and founder Rick Lazansky. "We are quite pleased to have them on board and are eager to help them develop their products for the next generation of access networks and data centers".

About AEPONYX Inc.

AEPONYX is a micro optical switch leader designing and marketing chips for fiber optic access to the cloud. With its patented technologies, combining planar Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and Silicon Photonics, AEPONYX builds the fastest, most affordable and smallest micro optical switches for tunable transceivers and optical circuit switches.

For more information, please visit www.aeponyx.com

[August 24, 2016] TI Announces Strategic Relationship With Silicon Catalyst

DALLAS, TX--(TI.com - August 24, 2016) - Texas Instruments to gain access to early semiconductor innovations through strategic relationship with Silicon Catalyst

Texas Instruments (TI) recently entered into an agreement with Silicon Catalyst, a Silicon Valley-based incubator, that will expand TI’s access to new technology innovations and potentially lead to engagements with semiconductor startups focused on creating chips and system solutions in analog and embedded processing.

“This agreement expands TI’s access to innovations in the semiconductor industry startup segment and facilitates our ability to engage with companies that are creating new technologies complementary to areas where TI is also innovating,” said Ralf Muenster, Director, CTO office at TI.

“TI is eager to collaborate with startups, early stage companies and entrepreneurs working on silicon solutions. Silicon Catalyst’s exclusive focus on semiconductor startups provides another great way for TI to gain unique and early access to the silicon innovation happening in the startup and entrepreneurial world,” Muenster added.

"The strategic relationship with TI is both a tribute to their forward-thinking vision and a validation of our unique value proposition to both the semiconductor and startup communities,” said Silicon Catalyst CEO Rick Lazansky. “This strategic relationship with Texas Instruments will afford our startup companies access to a truly world class organization. Startup companies in our industry reap tremendous benefits from deep, long-term engagement with industry leaders, like Texas Instruments, including guidance and relationships with experts.”

In 2015, Silicon Catalyst received the 2015 ACE Award for Startup Company of the Year. In the past 15 months, Silicon Catalyst has screened nearly 100 startups from the U.S., Europe and Asia. The 10 startups admitted to the incubator are developing innovations in LED, energy, silicon photonics, memory technology, wireless communications and biomedical devices.

“These 10 startups are proof that the semiconductor startup ecosystem is thriving, and there is no lack of great ideas and inspiration,” added Lazansky.

About Texas Instruments:
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog integrated circuits and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today.

Learn more at www.ti.com

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[May 01, 2015] Silicon Catalyst, The Semiconductor Incubator, Announces Initial Three Startups

SILICON VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - May 1, 2015) - Silicon Catalyst, the world's only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, based in Silicon Valley, CA, announced today the selection of its first startups and the global opening of applications for admission into the incubator. Over 700 Silicon Valley technology and business leaders attended the Silicon Sunrise Startup Event at the newly opened Avaya Soccer stadium, home to the San Jose Earthquakes.

The initial startups admitted into the Silicon Catalyst incubator are ACP Semiconductor, BuzzTagg and zGlue. ACP Semiconductor develops power conversion and power management integrated circuits for high volume markets such as Smart Energy in the Internet of Things (IoT). BuzzTagg provides low-cost RFID alternatives for enterprise environments such as factories and hospitals. zGlue is developing a unique active interposer solution to enable IoT through 3D chip stacking in an affordable, small form factor.

Building upon its founding partners, Synopsys, TSMC, Keysight and imec, Silicon Catalyst welcomed its newest participants: Advantest, the leader in automated test equipment (ATE) solutions, PDF Solutions, Inc., provider of yield improvement technologies and services for the IC manufacturing product life cycle and Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. All of the participants are providing access to their relevant capabilities and services to address the typical design, prototyping, test and characterization needs of Silicon Catalyst startups.

The initial incubator site is located at the Advantest facility on Zanker Road at North First Street in San Jose, CA.

Michael Malone, noted technology writer who has extensively covered the Silicon Valley technology scene and its leading companies, conveyed to the audience the importance of continuing to re-invent the semiconductor innovation model. "Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of Moore's Law, the moment is right to remember where we came from, the engine of the digital age, the wellspring of everything we have accomplished in this Valley. And what better way to do that than to begin growing the next generation of semiconductor startups -- the companies that will lead us into Silicon Valley's next great era. Silicon has at last returned to Silicon Valley. This is a moment to celebrate -- and in light of what is to come, to remember. Congratulations, Silicon Catalyst."

Silicon Catalyst's chairman Mike Noonen announced Daniel Armbrust as the organization's new CEO and introduced the startup staff to the attendees. "We are poised to re-energize the semiconductor startup community and ecosystem," said Armbrust. "We are helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization. Our incubator supplies startups with facilities, funding, tools, mentors, networking and marketing acumen to successfully launch their companies' novel technology solutions."

The success of the Silicon Sunrise Startup Event was due in part to the generous support of AlixPartners, Lonergan Partners, Jack B. Keenan, Inc. and Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).


[February 23, 2015] Silicon Catalyst Announces Partnership With imec to Support Semiconductor Startups

SILICON VALLEY CA--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2015) - Silicon Catalyst today announced a partnership with imec to support semiconductor solution start-ups. While there are many incubators and accelerators for software and even some for hardware, Silicon Catalyst is the world's first focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions. Imec is not only one of the world's leading nanotechnology research organizations but also one of the most advanced and comprehensive design services partners.

Imec's IC-link division has an extensive industrial experience that makes it a trusted partner to provide technical support in the areas of layout, prototyping, fabrication, and the testing of advanced electronic products. Imec IC-link has over 25 years of experience running the Europractice IC fabrication program and has demonstrated experience and success with 500 design tape-outs per year, engaging with over 300 companies and 700 research institutes.

The Silicon Catalyst model is unique:

  • Build a coalition of companies to help start-ups reduce the complexity of semiconductor innovation
  • Incubate a select number of start-ups each year and provide them the tools and support needed to get to work, rather than spend precious time hunting for funding
  • Assemble a world-class network of mentors to guide these entrepreneurs

Key to the Silicon Catalyst business model is providing access to mentors and partners who believe it is in the interest of the entire industry to support start-ups. Imec shares this belief and joins Silicon Catalyst's founding partners EDA and IP provider Synopsys; test & measurement equipment company Keysight; and pure-play semiconductor foundry TSMC.

"Silicon Catalyst's vision to reduce the cost of innovation for start-ups meshes perfectly with imec's mission to work with global partners to deliver industry-relevant technology solutions. Through this partnership, Silicon Catalyst will promote imec IC-link's capabilities and services to its incubation companies and support imec IC-link to extend its activities in the USA," said Steve Beckers, vice president and general manager imec IC-link.

"I know firsthand that imec is a remarkable source of semiconductor expertise, innovation and ingenuity and that the people of imec are a delight to work with", said Mike Noonen, chairman and co-founder of Silicon Catalyst. "We are thrilled to partner with imec IC-link to support and mentor the next generation of semiconductor entrepreneurs."

Traditional investors have mostly abandoned early-stage semiconductor investing however, Silicon Catalyst and its partners believe this is one of the most exciting times to be innovating with semiconductors. The reason is that the mega-trend opportunities in IoT, biotech, wearables, energy, transportation, and mobile will all have new semiconductor innovation at their core. In addition, most of these markets do not require leading-edge technologies and enormous R&D budgets to create novel and valuable products. Furthermore, since upfront costs are reduced, start-ups will become much better investments and follow-on funding will go to true innovation and value creation. Silicon Catalyst expects to see renewed interest from angel, strategic and venture investors as a result.


[December 09, 2014] Introducing Silicon Catalyst, the First Incubator for Semiconductor Solution Startups

SILICON VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2014) - Silicon Catalyst today launched the industry's first incubator for semiconductor solution start-ups. While there are many incubators and accelerators for software and even some for hardware, this is the world's first focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions. Silicon Catalyst will address the challenges faced by start-ups when going from idea to company formation to prototype, along with the industry-wide concern about the lack of fund-worthy start-ups to drive novel innovation and growth.

The Silicon Catalyst model is unique:

  • Build a coalition of companies to help start-ups reduce the complexity of semiconductor innovation
  • Incubate a select number of start-ups each year and provide them the tools and support needed to get to work, rather than spend precious time hunting for funding
  • Assemble a world-class network of mentors to guide these entrepreneurs

Key to the Silicon Catalyst business model is providing access to mentors who believe it is in the interest of the entire industry to support start-ups. The first of these mentoring companies include EDA and IP provider Synopsys; test & measurement equipment company Keysight; and pure-play semiconductor foundry TSMC.

In addition to these companies, Silicon Catalyst is in discussions to add to its rapidly expanding network with companies from the semiconductor ecosystem ranging from enablement to fabless to systems companies that will help mentor qualified start-ups admitted to the incubator.

"A vibrant start-up community is a valuable component in the development of any business and the multi-trillion-dollar industries that we enable," commented Aart de Geus, Chairman and co-CEO, Synopsys. "Synopsys is proud to be a Silicon Catalyst founding partner to support semiconductor solution start-ups."

"Since the very beginning of Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs such as Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard have started small companies with large dreams," said Todd Cutler, General Manager of Keysight EEsof EDA. "Keysight is proud to help the next generation of entrepreneurs launch towards achieving their dreams."

"The launch of this startup incubator parallels TSMC's emphasis on a 'Grand Alliance' of collaborating companies in the semiconductor industry to increase innovation," said Rick Cassidy, President, TSMC North America. "TSMC is pleased to join the efforts of Silicon Catalyst to help the next wave of fabless semiconductor start-ups achieve success."

Industry Veterans Support Silicon Innovators
Silicon Catalyst's managing team is made up of semiconductor industry veterans who saw the need for a new approach to helping entrepreneurs make their ideas a reality. They have brought their experience and network together to launch this venture. They are:

  • Dan Armbrust, formerly CEO of Sematech and IBM Microelectronics manufacturing executive
  • Mike Noonen, board director at Ambiq Micro, Adapteva and Kilopass, formerly EVP at GlobalFoundries and NXP Semiconductors, Global Semiconductor Alliance board director and National Semiconductor executive
  • Rick Lazansky, board director Sand Hill Angels; Board Director i-GATE Innovation Hub; serial entrepreneur and founder Vantage Analysis Systems, Denali Software; former VP of Engineering at Xpedion Design Systems, acquired by Agilent

Traditional investors have mostly abandoned early stage semiconductor investing however, Silicon Catalyst and its partners believe this is one of the most exciting times to be innovating with semiconductors. The reason is that the mega-trend opportunities in IoT, biotech, wearables, energy, transportation, and mobile will all have new semiconductor innovation at their core. In addition, most of these markets do not require leading-edge technologies and enormous R&D budgets to create novel and valuable products. Furthermore, since upfront costs are reduced, start-ups will become much better investments and follow-on funding will go to true innovation and value creation. Silicon Catalyst expects to see renewed interest from angel, strategic and venture investors as a result.

Silicon Catalyst operations are expected to begin in Silicon Valley, California in the first quarter of 2015. Startups are anticipated to come from not just Silicon Valley but from all around the world. Silicon Catalyst plans to collaborate with local incubators to enable these entrepreneurs to leverage the Silicon Catalyst partner resources without needing to relocate. In this way, Silicon Catalyst plans to be a gateway to Silicon Valley's robust resources and customers while keeping innovation frugal and successful.


Daniel Armbrust
Industry Relations, Partner
dan@sicatalyst.com