SAN FRANCISCO—Semiconductor firms and suppliers raised $72.5 million in July, up 127 percent from June but down 11 percent compared with July 2012, according to the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA).
Over the last 12 months, 84 semiconductor companies and suppliers have raised $953.3 million, down 17 percent from more than $1.15 billion raised in the prior 12 months, GSA said.
GSA reported that no semiconductor companies filed for an initial public offering in July. RFID vendor Impinj Inc. withdrew its registration filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after receiving $21 million in funding in July, GSA noted.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.