The EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list, first published in April 2004 and informally known as the Silicon 60, has been updated to version 11.0, reflecting the latest corporate, commercial, technology and market conditions.
The Silicon 60 includes startups involved in semiconductor technologies for analog circuits, memory, logic, power, MEMS, optoelectronics, EDA software, foundry manufacturing, semiconductor production equipment, electronic subsystems, displays, packaging and materials. The chosen companies have made an impression on EE Times editors based on a mix of criteria, including technology, intended market, maturity, financial position, investment profile and executive leadership.
Thirteen companies have been brought onto the Silicon 60 with this iteration and are highlighted with an asterisk (*) in the listing below. Others that were included in version 10.0, released in April, have dropped off the list in version 11.0 because they have been acquired, have made an initial public offering of shares or simply have moved beyond the list with the passage of time.
Indeed, it should be noted that even as version 11.0 was going to press, Silicon 60 startup Blue Wonder Communications agreed to be acquired by Infineon Technologies’ wireless business unit, which itself is being acquired by Intel Corp. If and when the Blue Wonder deal closes, we will consider an update to the list as version11.1.
EE Times Confidential has reported on a number of Silicon 60 startups in recent months. SuVolta was profiled in the May edition, and an update on Samplify Systems was included in the October edition.
Readers are welcome to nominate companies for inclusion in the next iteration of the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list. Nominations should be supported by a short explanation of why the nominee should make the cut.
Send comments and nominations to Peter Clarke.