About Us

The semiconductor startup landscape is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts thanks to megatrends in IoT, data centers, biomedical innovations, and mobile.  Silicon Catalyst is the world's first incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions startups.  We address the challenges faced by these startups while guiding them from PowerPoint to prototype, to the formation of a company.  The prevailing consensus sees over 30 billion connected devices by 2020 with 60% of innovations in IoT this year alone coming from startups.  Silicon Catalyst exists to spur startup innovation in the semiconductor industry.  With nearly 100 startup companies screened by us from around the world since April of 2015, Silicon Catalyst is reenergizing the semiconductor startup community and ecosystem.   

A recipient of the prestigious UBM Canon Startup Company of the Year in 2015, Silicon Catalyst selects startups to incubate in conjunction with our ecosystem of in-kind partners, industry-leading companies, and potential investors. This process leads to our start-ups forming deep relationships with people that provide value to their long-term success, from funding to product guidance.  

Silicon Catalyst supplies 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, and other critical technical capabilities from our growing network of in-kind partners.

The cornerstones of our model consists of the aforementioned portfolio of in-kind partners along with a vast and valuable mentor network of key seasoned Silicon Valley veterans coupled with strategic partnerships with major tech companies.  This triumvirate of assets provides our startup partners with the greatest opportunity for a successful exit. 

In addition, Silicon Catalyst helps our startups find a path to funding through our connections with venture capitalists, strategic investors, angel groups, and individual investors.  

 

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.

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MONTREAL, Sept. 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 visit www.aeponyx.com

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

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)


Summary: 

Silicon Catalyst, the startup incubator and accelerator for semiconductor solutions, is proud to present Dave Brusky a Semiconductor veteran for our next seminar on quality content in technical writing  and article writing   The event will be at Techcode, Mountain View..

Abstract:

When writing blogs, articles or other documents, understanding the potential readers and their reading skills can be a challenge. We live in a multinational environment with readers from Asia, Europe, South America, and the U.S. sitting side-by-side and trying to read what you have written. This mix of cultures and native languages puts the onus on the writers to use language that is clear, concise, and easy to understand. This is especially true for technical writing when trying to convey the operation of a circuit or the derivation of an algorithm

This short seminar goes through several facets of article creation, from initial concepts, structure and flow, and some grammatical aspects such as punctuation, tenses, use of pronouns, and extraneous verbiages.  

Agenda: 

6:30pm-6:45pm Registration and Networking

6:45pm-7:00pm Introductions by Silicon Catalyst and Techcode 

7:00pm-8:00pm Technical writing seminar by  Dave Bursky

8:00pm-8:30pm Q&A and Networking

Dave Bursky Bio

Dave Bursky, a Contributing Editor for Chip Design magazine, is also president of PRN Engineering, a Technical Writing and Market Consulting company. In addition to contributing to Chip Design magazine, he was the technical editorial manager at Maxim Integrated Products, and prior to Maxim, Dave spent over 35 years working as an editor and engineer.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation.

 

MEMS Silicon Photonics Pioneer AEPONYX Joins Silicon Catalyst Incubator to Accelerate Time to Market

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MONTREAL, Canada and SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 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

 

Ralf Muenster, Director, CTO office at TI

On August 24th, Silicon Catalyst held its fourth screening meeting at Texas Instruments' offices located at 2900 Semiconductor Drive in Santa Clara. Five promising startups made it to the the Q3 final screening event, showcasing innovations in Radar Enabled Cameras, Ultra Low Power Wireless Communication for the IoT, analog and digital mixed IC and related software platform, Non-Volatile Memory, and Fabless Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems Integrated Sensors (MOEMS-IS).

Silicon Catalyst Q3 Screening Meeting

Milestones

  • April launch event at Avaya Stadium attended by over 700 industry and investment professionals
  • 11 in-kind partners announced including Synopsys, TSMC, Advantest, Keysight, PDF Solutions, imec, Autodesk, OpenSilicon, imt, AMFitzgerald and softMEMS.
  • Initial incubator location established in San Jose
  • 10 experienced industry executives supporting incubator operations
  • Named “Startup Company of the Year 2015” by EE Times/EDN
  • 78 startups applied for admission to incubator through April 2016
  • 7 companies offered admission (3 at launch, 2 from July and 2 from December screening events)
  • December screening event attended by 52 people including 11 potential strategic partners and 6 investors
  • Visible presence at 20 industry and media events as invited keynotes, presenters, panelists and interviews
  • 5 NSF SBIR awards for startup admissions and contenders that received Silicon Catalyst support letters
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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.

More Information on Funding

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. In addition, Silicon Catalyst is currently raising a fund for the purposes of investing up to $500k in each of our start-ups. 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: 
webinfo@SiCatalyst.com

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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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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Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICThealthcare 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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it's about what's next ®

 

Enabling silicon solutions for the Internet of Things

Enabling silicon solutions for Wearables

Enabling silicon solutions for BioTech

Enabling silicon solutions for Energy

Enabling silicon solutions for Transportation

 
Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO

Rick Lazansky

  • Sand Hill Angels, Board Director
  • i-GATE NEST, Board Director
  • Xpedion Design Systems/Agilent, VP Product Development 
  • Denali Software, Chairman & Founder

 

Founder

Founder

Dan Armbrust

  • President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMATECH
  • IBM Microelectronics, VP, 300mm Semiconductor Operations
  • Strategic Client Exec for IBM's Systems and Technology Group
Partner

Partner

Tarun Verma

  • Interconnectologist - driving integration of packaging value proposition onto product portfolio development
  • 20+ years of supply chain management and fabless semiconductor operations
  • Senior Director at Altera
Partner

Partner

Rich Goldman

  • Synopsys, VP of Corporate Marketing & Strategic Alliances
  • CEO of Synopsys Armenia
  • Honorary Professor at Moscow Institute of Electronic Technologies
Partner

Partner

Alain Bismuth

  • Tabula, CMO and SVP of marketing and business development
  • Altera, VP and GM HardCopy business group, VP Consumer Computer Industrial business group
  • LSI Logic, European Sales Director, director DVD product
Partner

Partner

Raul Camposano

  • CEO of Nimbic and Xoomsys
  • Synopsys, GM and SVP of Design Tools Group
  • CTO Synopsys
  • Professor at University of Paderborn and GMD
Partner

Partner

JJ Wu 吳景莊

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

Partner

Lance Bell

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

Partner

Dinesh Maheshwari

  • CTO, Memory Division, Cypress Semiconductor
  • Board of Directors at JEDEC, UPA; Advisory Board at Kandou Bus, Deca Technologies, Zeno Semiconductor, Tutenna
  • Technologist at Silicon Light Machines, Synopsys, Mentor Graphics, Cadence, Microprocessors & Controls LLC
  • ~30 years of Technology, Market and Business strategy in Semiconductors, Systems and Software
Partner

Partner

Nick Kepler

  • SuVolta, VP, Products
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES, VP, Design Enablement and Program Management
  • AMD, VP, Semiconductor Process Technology Development
  • 25+ years of Semiconductor Process Technology Development, Enablement, and Manufacturing
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

Radhika Jadcherla

  • Emerging Technology Marketing Professional
  • Indx Life Care, Director of Operations
  • Seer Akademi, Director of Marketing
  • 10+ years overseeing product management, business development and customer acquisition of startups
 
 

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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).

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

SILICON VALLEu 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.

[Dec 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
 

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HIGH-SPEED SERDES DESIGN ENGINEER

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Ayar Labs is commercializing breakthroughs in optical communications that will bring 10x improvements to data center communication bandwidths and energy efficiency by building optical systems in high-volume commercial CMOS chips. We are a small team that is motivated by a mission to get optics inside all electronics, replacing electricity with light, and bringing breakthrough improvements in performance and energy efficiency to computing. We will be growing quickly and we expect every member of our team to grow with us and to be comfortable with both hands-on engineering work and with leading a team or project.

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Responsible for design, layout, verification, and characterization of high-speed transceiver elements, TIAs, limiting amplifiers, I/Os, equalizers, high-speed CML, and other SerDes/CDR/PLL building blocks at data rates of 10Gb/s and higher. You will work as a part of a small IC design team in a dynamic startup environment, taking an active role in design reviews, contributing to product definition, proposing and evaluating technical solutions, writing design specifications and test requirement documents, etc. The ideal candidate is a hands-on self-starter who is able to develop design specifications based on input from colleagues, customers, and industry and who can effectively manage his or her own time to take projects to completion with limited supervision and guidance.

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  • 5+ years of working/research experience in high-speed CMOS SerDes design (CTLEs, TIAs, PLLs, DFEs, etc.), minimum M.S in Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. preferred
  • Have experience designing in advanced CMOS (65nm or below) at data rates of at least 10Gb/s and/or RF circuits operating at 5GHz or above
  • Proficient with Cadence design environment and mixed-signal simulation (ADE, Layout, AMS), mixed-signal simulation (AMS), EM simulation (such as EMX)
  • Good understanding of high-speed layout considerations, such as parasitics, crosstalk isolation, supply and bias distribution, etc.
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  • Able to assume responsibility for a variety of technical tasks and to work independently
  • Able to be hands-on at all levels of design, with the ability to verify, test, and characterize own designs
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • To apply, please email your cover letter and CV to info@ayarlabs.com, with the subject line: “High-Speed SerDes Engineer Application”

     

     

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