U.K. fabless-chip startup eoSemi is sampling a CMOS replacement for kilohertz crystal oscillators while disclosing details of its proprietary technology. CEO Ian Macbeth (shown) says the startup took a deliberate approach to technology development and deployment.
By midyear, fabless chip startup MicroGen Systems Inc. plans to announce a foundry manufacturing deal for its microelectromechanical system-based piezoelectric vibrational energy harvesting technology, a move that could result in product shipments by the end of 2012.
A team spun out from the Inter-university Microelectronics Center research institute is offering device makers epitaxial GaN-on-Si wafers with commercially viable 150- and 200-mm diameters. Gallium nitride and alloys containing aluminum and indium are important for such applications like optoelectronics, RF and lower-frequency power.
A new chip industry working group is studying the decline of venture capital funding available to nurture semiconductor startups and what, if anything, can be done about it.
A Swiss solar energy startup is taking an unconventional path to solar power development: It wants to use silicon CMOS wafers usually optimized for logic circuits to integrate large numbers of small solar cells with logic in a chiplike device.
Oxford Photovoltaics has secured about $1 million in seed funding to commercialize dye-sensitized solar cell technology. The low-cost solar approach could be used to glaze entire buildings in solar collectors.
Until one of the many emerging battery startups makes a process or materials breakthrough that provides a quantum leap in energy density, Leyden Energy is applying patented technology to improve existing Li-ion batteries.
Lime Microsystems is looking to leverage its chip technology to move beyond its femtocell basestation origins into white-space radio and even mobile devices.
Transphorm Inc. is that unusual form of VC-backed startup that has raised money to invest in semiconductor manufacturing, including construction of a wafer fab in California. Transphorm, which specializes in gallium nitride power ICs, boasts a blue chip list of investors. The startup has been cruising along in stealth mode since its formation in 2007.
Multicoreware Inc., a startup formed in 2009, is taking the lead in helping microprocessor vendor Advanced Micro Devices address the challenges of multicore processor and software development.
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