A two-year-old fabless startup in Shenzhen, backed by a publicly listed holding company in Hong Kong, is going after the Android mobile and tablet computing market with the bold step of developing its own 32-bit multicore processor architecture.
Seven semiconductor startups collectively raised $191.7 million in March, the Global Semiconductor Alliance reports. That total, spread among a declining number of deals, suggests any return by VCs to the semiconductor market will largely be for late-stage investments rather than early-stage funding.
Isorg might sound like an Internet address, but the spinoff from France’s CEA-Liten research institute is actually developing “smart surfaces” based on printed organic photonic sensors.
Pelican Imaging has developed an array camera architecture together with algorithms and software for image reconstruction, gesture recognition and other functions.
In a move that counters the anti-chip-maker sentiment in the venture capital market, four Israeli VC firms have formed the Solid Incentive Fund.
CEA-Leti spinoff Aselta Nanographics is mining the Grenoble region’s strong research foundation in e-beam lithography to make its mark on chips.
Grenoble, the French university town on the northern slopes of the Alps, is home to STMicroelectronics' Crolles research and pilot wafer fab, silicon-on-insulator pioneer Soitec, and a host of other electronics companies and startups.
If the emerging medical technology market is any indication, it’s time for venture capitalists to climb out of their bunkers and get back in the technology innovation game.
Signs of transformation in the semiconductor industry are stronger than we have seen for some time. The impact of the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 was foreseen almost immediately, but the effects are still working their way through the system.
In a reaffirmation of Ireland’s belief in technology-based wealth creation, the government announced an 85 million-euro venture capital fund for high-tech launches.
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