EE Times has updated the Silicon 60, its list of 60 notable emerging startup companies, to version 13.0 with the inclusion of 18 companies.
The full list has been selected by editors based on a mix of criteria including: technology, intended market, company maturity, financial position, investment profile and executive leadership. The 18 newcomers to the list were founded during the period 2005 to 2010. Geographically they come mainly from the U.S. (12 companies) with 4 startups out of Europe and one from each of Israel and India.
These startups are demonstrating their potential in fields that range from micro- and macro-energy conversion through energy storage to more-than-Moore disciplines including clocking, timing and MEMS. Other disciplines represented in the additions to the Silicon 60 include compound semiconductor materials and processes, optical-on-CMOS and embedded electronic systems level (ESL) development. Recent startups focused on many-core processing, solid-state memory and 60-GHz communications have also been added to the list as companies that EE Times editors believe are startups worth keeping an eye on.
The Silicon 60 was first published in April 2004 and the most recent list prior to the present one – v12.5 – was published in April 2011. To read EE Times list of 60 emerging startups v13.0 follow this link.
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