March 14, 2019

Silicon Catalyst Adds New In-Kind Partners Certus Semiconductor and Silitronics  

Silicon Valley, CA., Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only Incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, announces the addition of Certus Semiconductor and Silitronics as the newest addition to the continuously expanding ecosystem of In-Kind Partners (IKP). Silicon Catalyst continues to work with key industry players to further develop a complete value chain that economically and effectively supports the semiconductor start-ups accepted into the Incubator. These startups utilize Silicon Catalyst’s world-class network of advisors, design tools, silicon devices, networking, with access to funding and marketing acumen needed to successfully launch their businesses.

Specific offerings from these two new IKPs include:

Certus Semiconductor: Provides the most advanced solutions for optimizing area, power, Electro-Static-Discharge (ESD) protection, features and performance of Input/Output (I/O) circuits

Silitronics: Assembles System-in-Package (SiP) Modules for Silicon Photonics, IoT, Carbon Sensors, LiDAR, Bio-Medical, Networking and Defense applications

“We are pleased to welcome Certus and Silitronics, as our Portfolio Companies require these vital services and IP to move their innovative designs from concept to production,” stated Pete Rodriguez, CEO of Silicon Catalyst. "We have created an incredibly powerful and expanding ecosystem for semiconductor startups which includes our Strategic Partners, IKPs, over one hundred advisors and a large community of investors. We have extended the ecosystem starting in 2018 to Universities, industry organizations, other Accelerators and most recently with our international joint venture with Silicon Power Technology. We’re seeing continued momentum for our business model - with the success of our graduates to raise significant funds, launch winning products and win industry competitions.”

Stephen Fairbanks, Director at Certus stated, “When I first heard of Silicon Catalyst, and how it was creating opportunity for silicon and hardware startup companies, it hit straight home. Certus has delivered some of the most unique and problem solving custom ESD and I/O solutions in the industry, and our best work has always been with startups and small companies looking to create unique and differentiating products. I knew we needed to be a part of Silicon Catalyst to get access to greater startup opportunities where we could really help new companies break barriers and solve difficult design problems. This is pure opportunity where we get to showcase our design expertise.”

Dhiraj Bora, President of Silitronics stated, “We see great value in joining the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem as an In-Kind Partner, as it will give us insight into emerging technology applications and the specialized needs of the Portfolio Companies. Our team looks forward to participating and contributing to the success of the startups in the Incubator.”


About Certus Semiconductor

Certus Semiconductor has assembled several of the world’s foremost experts in I/O and ESD design to offer our clients the ability to affordably tailor their IO libraries into the optimal fit for their products. Certus is offering the semiconductor industry a unique approach to custom I/O libraries, including tailored I/O designs, and ESD solutions based on simulations leveraging specialized silicon ESD models. In addition to offering fast turnaround custom I/O designs, Certus offers independent ESD design, review and debug services. Through partnerships, Certus is also able to provide ESD testing and TLP support. Visit for more information.


About Silitronics

Silitronics has built a solid reputation for quality, craftsmanship and expertise in providing the most advanced and innovative packaging solutions. Silitronics is ideally located in Silicon Valley, California in a 10,000+ square feet facility. Silitronics has the capability to be the fastest time-to-market for your prototype or small-to-medium volume production run. The Silitronics team has attention to detail in their professionalism and expertise throughout the production process.

With ISO9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016 (Medical) and Mil-PRF 38534 and Mil-Std 883 (Defense) certifications, Silitronics earned its reputation by producing the most advanced circuits and maintaining an ongoing commitment to quality. The entire Silitronics team demonstrates this commitment with their professionalism and expertise throughout the production process. Silitronics has the fastest time-to-market cycle time for your prototype or small-to-medium volume production. More information can be found at

About Silicon Catalyst

It’s About What’s Next® - Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. Close to 300 startup companies have engaged with Silicon Catalyst since April 2015, with a total of 21 startup and early-stage companies admitted to the incubator. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping new semiconductor companies address the challenges in moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with a path to design tools, silicon devices, networking, access to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions.