About Us

Silicon Catalyst is helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization.

Silicon Catalyst’s incubator supplies startups with facilities, a path to funding, tools, mentors, networking and marketing acumen to successfully launch their companies’ novel technology solutions.

We are the only incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. We are building a world-class network of mentors to advise startups. We will guide startups to speedy exits mostly through acquisitions.

For further information and to submit a proposal, please see below. 

 

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 6:00p.m.
HOW TO CREATE LEAN PR PROGRAMS SEMINAR WITH MARIA CANUL
TechCode Accelerator, Mountain View, CA

Silicon Catalyst, the semiconductor solution startup incubator and accelerator, is pleased to have PR expert Maria Canul present "How to Create Lean PR Programs that put Startups on the Map" at TechCode Accelerator in Mountain View. This course will identify many misperceptions about how to engage the media, best practices for building relationships with key reporters, and tips on how to establish leadership with new audiences that may not even be aware that your technology or market exists.

6:00-6:15pm - Registration and Networking
6:15-6:30pm - Introductions by Silicon Catalyst
6:30-7:15pm - Writing a working press release draft
7:15-8:00pm - Overview of PR distribution tools
8:00-8:30pm - Tips on how to pitch journalists
8:30-9:00pm - Q&A and Networking

Maria Canul has more than 10 years of experience putting Silicon Valley technology startups on the mediamap.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from San Jose State University and has worked for Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and for Sound Research Corporation, a Synopys partner. She has applied her problem-solving skills and understanding of practical methodology to her experiences successfully evangelizing emerging technologies to both new and traditional media. For the past 3 years, she has been serving the Silicon Valley startup community as a consultant, and teaching lean startups how to create grassroots PR, social media, and content management programs.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00p.m.
LEGAL 101 FOR STARTUPS SEMINAR WITH
GREG WRENN, MAREK ADAMO, ANDREW T. OLIVER AND MARK WHITE.
Advantest Inc., San Jose, CA

Silicon Catalyst, the semiconductor solution startup incubator and accelerator, is pleased to have lawyers Greg Wrenn, Marek Adamo, Andrew T. Oliver and Mark White present a "Legal 101 for Startups" for our next monthly seminar series. The 2 hour session will cover legal topics for startups including startup incorporation and corporate governance fundamentals, employment issues for startups, intellectual property issues for early stage semiconductor companies, and international and commercial deals.

6:00-6:15pm - Networking
6:15-6:30pm - Introduction
6:30-7:00pm - Startup Incorporation and Corporate Governance with Greg Wrenn
7:00-7:30pm - Employment Issues for Startups with Marek Adamo
7:30-8:00pm - Intellectual Property Issues for Early Stage Semiconductor Companies with Andrew T. Oliver
8:00-8:30pm - International and Commercial Deals with Mark White
8:30-9:00pm - Q&A followed by Networking

Greg Wrenn is a veteran Silicon Valley general counsel. He has over 25 years of legal experience, including 20 years of in house practice, ten of which was spent serving as General Counsel and Secretary for publicly traded companies in the software and Internet services areas.
Marek Adamo is a business lawyer at Paradigm Counsel, representing emerging companies, investors and public and private corporations. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Marek practiced corporate and securities law at Jones Day and Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders) in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
Andrew T. Oliver is an intellectual property lawyer with Amin, Turocy & Watson LLP. Andrew represents clients ranging in size from individuals to multinational corporations in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and other issues. 
Mark Cameron White is a founding partner of White Summers Caffee & James LLP (formerly White & Lee), and leads the firm’s international practice. Mark’s practice principally covers corporate, technology, financing and corporate partnering matters for a wide variety of private and public company clients.

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00p.m.
SEMICONDUCTOR STARTUP CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL PANEL WITH ADRIAN WOOLLEY, AYMERIK RENARD, GARETH KEANE, KEITH LARSON AND RAJESH SWAMINATHAN.
Wilson Sonsini, Palo Alto, CA

 

What does the future hold for semiconductor industry startups?

While semiconductors were once a haven for entrepreneurism and startups starting back in the 1960's with companies like Fairchild and Intel giving birth to "Silicon Valley," startups are now more synonymous with consumer apps than the semiconductor industry.  The industry is seeing a tremendous shift in terms of the number of seed and series A deals with semiconductor startups but megatrends around mobile, IoT, and data center are driving a new wave of semiconductor startups as well as semiconductor startup incubators and accelerators.  Join Silicon Catalyst's startup seminar in April 2016 to get the perspective directly from a panel of leading corporate venture capitalists in the semiconductor industry.  VC's from leading companies including Applied Ventures, Cypress Semiconductor, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, and Sandisk Ventures will share their thoughts on startups and the semiconductor industry.  This event is organized by Silicon Catalyst, the industry's first incubator for semiconductor solution startups.

PANELISTS:

  • Adrian Woolley, Cypress Semiconductor, Vice President of Strategic Marketing
  • Aymerik Renard, Sandisk Ventures, Director
  • Gareth Keane, Qualcomm Ventures, Investment Manager
  • Keith Larson, Intel Capital, Vice President
  • Rajesh Swaminathan, Applied Ventures, Investment Director

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

WHEN
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
WHERE

Advantest Inc. - 3061 Zanker Rd San Jose, CA 95134

 

Workshop Leader:

Dave Millman came to Silicon Valley from MIT in 1981, and has worked with startups in engineering, sales and marketing roles ever since.

In this two-hour interactive workshop, you will learn how to identify the assumptions hidden in your business and product plans, and how to validate those assumptions with the one audience that matters: customers.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone responsible for planning products, especially in fast-moving markets, should attend this workshop. If you’ve ever had to speculate about functionality, guess about demand, or anticipate user requirements, you will leave this workshop knowing how to get customers to give you the answers you need.

Case Study: Steve Wozniak’s Biggest Failure:

Hands-On Exercises: Up to two attending companies will have their elevator pitch picked apart to identify every assumption. The payoff? A validation plan, created on-the-spot using techniques from the workshop, describing which assumptions to accept, which assumptions can kill you, and how to validate the reality with customers.

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

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
  • 61 companies applied for admission to incubator
  • 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
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
BRANDING SEMINAR WITH CHUCK BYERS AND KEVIN HENEY OF PIVOT BRANDS.
ITRI North American Office, San Jose, CA

Join us in starting 2016 with our startup seminar series brought to you by Silicon Catalyst, CASPA, and the Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) at ITRI. The 90-minute interactive workshop at CASPA's Entrepreneurship Workshop will be led by two industry branding veterans who will focus on helping startup entrepreneurs and interested attendees understand the value of a brand, even at the entry level in technology B2B markets, and how managing a brand effectively can impact the bottom line.

6:00-6:30 - NETWORKING
6:30-7:00 - INTRODUCTION
7:00-8:30 - BRANDING WORKSHOP
8:30-9:00 - Q&A FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING


Chuck Byers is the Chief Brand Strategist for Pivot Point Brands and he has over 25 years of brand marketing and public relations experience. He has directed strategic communications initiatives at Business Practicum, TSMC, Actel, and Hayes Public Relations.
Kevin Heney has over 25 years managing the creative side of brand for high tech companies including Tandem Computers, Informix and Quantum. He also served as a senior brand manager at Informatica and Adobe. He founded and has directed the Silicon Valley Brand Forum for the past 15 years.

 

 
 

"The coming decade may be one of the brightest for chip investors"

Tiernan Ray - BARRON'S

From 11.02.15 issue - "For 50 years, the computer-chip industry has ridden a road of economic miracles, but now it’s reaching an end, and a potential crisis is unfolding for some of the industry’s biggest names.

“The semiconductor industry is up against an economic problem,” says Linley Gwennap, a longtime chip-industry analyst. “Now that you can’t automatically reduce the cost to get the same performance, Intel and the rest are stuck trying to justify the investment.” The industry’s response has been to circle the wagons. This year, there has been more than $136 billion worth of announced semiconductor mergers and acquisitions, according to Bloomberg, an unprecedented volume. Companies are busily streamlining costs and merging portfolios to eke out profit, rather than investing in new innovation. At the same time, another even more important challenge is brewing for traditional chip makers.

 The economic impact of the new direction in semiconductors—chips that think rather than simply compute—could lead to a renaissance in the industry.

As a result, the coming decade may be one of the brightest for chip investors. The implications go far beyond Wall Street’s near-term view.

THE VERY NATURE of most chips is archaic and in need of rethinking."

BARRON'S - 11.02.15

 
 

Dan Armbrust of Silicon Catalyst, the world's only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, delivers keynote at 10th Anniversary SSIA Summit in Singapore.

Realizing the next growth wave for semiconductors - A new approach to enable innovative start ups. SSIA Abstract
The presentation described the key financial and innovation trends of the semiconductor industry, whose advances underpin a broad set of industries that depend on ever more useful and cost-effective electronics. For context, comparisons with the structure and evolution of related industries were made. Progress in establishing the incubator, screening startups and executing Silicon Catalyst's business model with support from across the semiconductor industry's stakeholders using lean innovation principles were described in detail. Opportunities for public and private partnerships and global expansion to other high technology regions using this incubation model to accelerate commercialization was covered.

Some interesting revelations at the meeting included the following:
• McKinsey estimates that IoT manufacturing has the potential to generate savings of up to $3.7 trillion by year 2025.
• Gartner predicts 33 billion to be the number of connected devices by 2020.
• GE sees that the "industrial internet" has the potential to add $10-$15 trillion to global GDP over the next twenty years.
• In 2016, startups were responsible for 50% of IoT innovation solutions.
• According to Gartner, this will result in a growth of 30% for the semiconductor industry through 2020.

Panel discussion with Silicon Catalyst's Dan Armbrust at SSIA Summit in Singapore

 
 

Tarun Verma of Silicon Catalyst delivers keynote at MEPTEC / SEMI Symposium in Santa Clara

Enabling the next generation of semiconductor startups
This is one of the most exciting times to be innovating with semiconductors. Mega-trend opportunities in IoT, biotech, wearables, energy, transportation, and mobile will all have new semiconductor innovation at their core. These markets enable novel and valuable products that do not require leading-edge technologies and enormous R&D budgets. However, many of these startups require innovative packaging solutions both from a product design and technology perspective to meet cost performance and form factor requirements. This presentation will provide real examples and insights into such innovations.

These new semiconductor startups face challenges including fierce competition for funding, expensive design costs, and complex processes for bringing new designs to market. Reducing upfront costs creates startups that become much better investments and follow-on funding can go to true innovation and value creation. Developing an ecosystem of leading companies and experienced individuals that offer needed capabilities under a framework that recognizes the challenges of this space is an approach that is gaining traction. Startups in this space need an ecosystem of silicon experts encompassing tools, testing, packaging, production, and financing to make this happen.

Tarun Verma is a Partner at Silicon Catalyst, where he is an interconnectologist – driving the integration of packaging value proposition onto product portfolio development. He is a semiconductor technical and operations executive with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of back-end semiconductor engineering including supply chain management and fabless semiconductor operations. Previously he was Senior Director of Packaging Engineering at Altera. 

 
 

Silicon Catalyst, the world's only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, was named the Winner of the Prestigious UBM Canon’s ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards for 2015 Startup Company of the Year. 

The awards program honors the people and companies behind the technologies and products that are changing the world of electronics. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 21, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, during the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley.

The 2015 ACE Awards, presented by EE Times and EDN, showcases the best of the best in today's electronics industry, including the hottest new products, startup companies, design teams, executives and more. It celebrates the promise of new talent and innovation.

“We were honored to be recognized with this Award. It is a validation of Silicon Catalyst's unique business model whose time is now,” said company co-founder and board chairman Mike Noonen. “We were clearly in distinguished company alongside our fellow nominees. There is no more important award for us in the technology sector than the Ace Awards. It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of our company and my fellow partners,” added Noonen.

“We are continually amazed at the level of creativity in the design, innovation and technology exemplified by these award winners,” said Suzanne Deffree, Executive Editor at UBM Canon's EDN. “The ACE Awards celebrate the highest achievements in innovation and creativity in electronics design, and selecting one organization or individual that stands out above the rest is incredibly challenging. We are pleased to be able to celebrate their achievements.” A panel of EE Times and EDN editors narrowed down the entries to three finalists in each category, based on the criteria set forth in an online submission form. Winners are determined from among the finalists by a panel of independent judges.

Tweet This: @Silicon Catalyst wins the 2015 ACE Award for Startup Company of the Year

 

For more information on the awards program visit:

http://ubm-ace.com/

About UBM Canon

UBM Canon is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media company for the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Its print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage its proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. UBM Canon produces more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. UBM Canon is part of UBM plc (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B-to-B communities and markets.

 
 

Silicon Catalyst is helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization.

Silicon Catalyst held its inaugural Silicon Sunrise startup event at the newly opened Avaya Soccer stadium to a crowd of over 700 Silicon Valley technology and business leaders. Noted author Michael Malone delivered a keynote speech at the event where he declared: "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."

The company announced the initial startups admitted into the Silicon Catalyst incubator which include 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.

 
 
 
 

Silicon Sunrise 2015 Kickoff Event at  Avaya Stadium

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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ACP Semi

ACP Semi website

ACP Semi

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.

Chaos Prime

Chaos Prime website

ACP Semi

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.

Zeno Semiconductor

Zeno website

Zeno Semicondictor

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.

AEPONYX

AEPONYX Website

AEPONYX

AEPONYX is a North American telecommunications equipment manufacturer set to lead the adoption of WDM-PON and enable fiber optic network operators to take advantage of advances in this technology.

AEPONYX stands for Active Ethernet Passive Optical Networks over λ multipleXing.

We offer a fully standalone AEPON™ dense wavelength division multiplexing passive optical network (WDM-PON) solution strictly composed of SFPs and passive multiplexers.

We provide dense wavelength division multiplexing solutions for users of fiber optic wishing to multiply fiber capacity by a factor of 40. With our DWDM muxpanels and a full array of SFPs, XFPs and SFP+, AEPONYX can help you implement a fully passive DWDM interconnection between data centers. Our solutions allow for 40 circuits of 10 Gbps to share the same pair of dark fiber over true passive distances of up to 80 km at 10 Gbps and up to 200 km on 2.5 Gbps channels.

Our product portfolio is comprehensive and enables multiple applications, including:

⦁ Telco-Grade Carrier Ethernet Access
⦁ Business to Private Cloud Connectivity
⦁ Wireless Cloud RAN Fronthaul
⦁ DWDM Data Center Interconnection
⦁ Passive Optical Distribution for GPON OLT

Our product family provides the following benefits:

⦁ Immediate and Permanent Relief of Fiber Network Congestion
⦁ Compatibility with all SFP-based Equipment (both Non-Proprietary and Fully Standalone)
⦁ Highest Speed, Energy and Space Efficiency on the Market
⦁ Pay as you Grow with Scalable and Fully Standalone End-to-End Solution AEPONYX is focused on enabling you to fully leverage your existing fiber optic assets by finally making dense wavelength division multiplexing easy to deploy and affordable. This way, you can focus on generating more revenues by leveraging your existing network investments, deferring unwarranted overbuilds.

CLOP Tech

CLOP Tech website

CLOP Tech

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.

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

 
 

Silicon Catalyst's incubator supplies startups with facilities, a path to funding, tools, mentors, networking and marketing acumen to successfully launch their companies' novel technology solutions.

We are the only incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. We are building a world-class network of mentors to advise startups. We will guide startups to speedy exits mostly through acquisitions. 
We will deliver ROI for everyone involved:
Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Partners.

 
 
 

Startups get what they need to build a team and get to work, which makes it much more effective than spending time raising a seed or a round

 
EDA Tools

EDA
Tools

MPW Prototyping

MPW
Prototyping

Lab Equipment

Lab
Equipment

DFM, System Integration and Prototyping

DFM, System Integration and Prototyping

Mentoring  

Mentoring
 

Secure Workspace

Secure
Workspace

Business & Legal Support

Business & Legal
Support

Lots of Pizza

Lots of
Pizza

 

BENEFITS TO ENTREPRENEURS

  • Fastest path to getting tools and support
  • Maximizes equity
  • Access to mentor network

BENEFIT TO INVESTORS

  • De-risked investments
  • Right-sized investments
  • Fast time exit

BENEFITS TO IN-KIND PARTNERS

  • Low cost customer acquisition
  • High new business creation ROI
  • Systematic access to new technologies
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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About Silicon Catalyst

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, with a strong team, proprietary technology, and pursue real markets.

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We are currently raising a fund for the purposes of investing up to $500k and we help secure other funding opportunities by working with VC, strategic investors, angel groups, and US government agency programs that provide non-dilutive funding. Our industry partners also have the option to negotiate to invest initially or as progress is achieved through prototype and application demonstrations. 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 expect to review between twenty and fifty plans per quarter. To make it easy on all of us, we use a standard format and a standard platform used in the angel investor and venture capital community.

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 at least quarterly. Startups selected by the pre-screening committee make a final presentation to this larger group, consisting of Silicon Catalyst partners, as well as other potential investors we may invite. That’s when we all meet in person. You’ll have 30 minutes to present and answer questions. From there, we will select the best startups to enter our incubator. We expect to initially admit between 10-15 startups in the first year.

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 invest in 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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