RFaxis Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) was founded in January 2008. It uses a BiCMOS manufacturing process in conjunction with its own technology to create integrated RF front-end ICs for wireless standards including Bluetooth, WLAN, Zigbee, WiMax and mobile phone markets. www.rfaxis.com
Rocketick Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) was founded in 2008 in Ramat Gan, Israel, by a group of experts on hardware-assisted-acceleration. It is a pioneer in GPU-based simulation acceleration for chip verification, which has received backing from Nvidia Corp. and Peregrine Ventures. Its first product, RocketSim, is said to solve functional verification bottlenecks by complementing simulators with GPU-based acceleration for highly complex designs. www.rocketick.com
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), founded in 2006, is a
fabless mixed-signal semiconductor company with expertise compression
that combines digital processing and high performance analog to create
intelligent data converters and energy efficient data handling systems. www.samplify.com
Sand 9 Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.), founded in 2007, offers MEMS devices that use piezoelectric actuation to meet phase noise and short-term stability requirements for wireless and wired applications. The resonator design, in conjunction with a low phase-noise oscillator, provides high performance timing, which can reduce packet loss and enhance network efficiency in communications
applications. The company was backed by Intel Capital among others in a mid-2012 funding round. www.sand9.com
(Hayward, Calif.) was founded in 2007 with an exclusive license for advanced technology from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the goal of creating high-energy rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Seeo was established with initial funding from Khosla Ventures. www.seeo.com
(Espoo, Finland) has developed technology that delivers tactile feedback sensations to a touchscreen user's fingertips. Founded in 2006, Senseg is backed by Ambient Sound Investments, the investment vehicle that helped launch Skype, among others. www.senseg.com
Skorpios Technologies Inc.
(Albuquerque, N.M.) was founded in 2009 and is focused on commercializing monolithically integrated active photonics into wafer-scale standard CMOS processes. Skorpios has received venture capital from Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Cottonwood Technology Fund and Sun Mountain Capital. www.skorpiosinc.com
(Haifa, Israel), founded in 2009, has developed intellectual property for integrated VLSI-photovoltaic devices powered by solar energy. www.sol-chip.com
(Lausanne, Switzerland) was founded in 2011 by a team of experts in electro-acoustics. They developed the High Definition Personal Audio reference model and are licensing intellectual property for use in electronic audio systems www.soundchip.ch
Spin Transfer Technologies Inc.
(Boston) was founded in 2007, to commercialize orthogonal spin transfer magnetoresistive random access memory, a technology originally discovered by Andrew Kent at New York University. www.spintransfer.com
(San Jose, Calif.) manufactures thin-film solar modules. Stion was founded in 2006 and is backed by venture capital investors, including Khosla Ventures, VentureTech Alliance, Lightspeed Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners, and Braemar Energy Ventures. Stion also has a strategic partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. www.stion.com
(Los Gatos, Calif.), formed in 2005 under the name DSM Solutions Inc., develops and licenses CMOS-compatible semiconductor technologies used to reduce power consumption. Its PowerShrink technology is based on a deeply depleted channel transistor that is manufactured in epitaxially grown, doped silicon on the surface of a conventional bulk CMOS wafer. www.suvolta.com
(Goleta, Calif.) was founded in 2007 to leverage the inherent power efficiency of gallium nitride for power applications. The company is taking a systems-level approach to create a process it intends to scale beyond 600-V breakdown voltage. It is developing manufacturing facility at its Goleta location and is backed by several venture capital firms including Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. www.transphormusa.com
Vayavya Labs Pvt. Ltd.
(Belgaum, India), founded in 2006, was named for the Sanskrit word for northwest. The ESL-oriented company provides tools to enhance the productivity of embedded system designers and programmers. Vayavya provides customers with ESL products and engineering services. www.vayavyalabs.com
Vector Fabrics BV
(Eindhoven, Netherlands) is developing tools for the design and implementation of multicore, multi-threaded applications and embedded systems. Founded in 2007 the company released its first product, vfAnalyst, in May 2010. www.vectorfabrics.com
(Caesarea, Israel), founded in March 2007 by executive and engineers from Intel's Wi-Fi Centrino group, Wilocity is developing 60-GHz multi-gigabit wireless chip sets based on the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) specification, for both the mobile computing platform and peripheral markets. www.wilocity.com
(Bristol, England) is a fabless semiconductor company founded by renowned computer scientist David May in 2006. The company has developed a range of event-driven processors. Designs are created in high-level languages, delivering hardware from a software-based design flow. www.xmos.com
The Next Silicon 60
Our list of emerging startups, first published in April 2004, is
updated regularly to reflect current technology and market conditions.
To make way for newcomers, some companies have dropped off the list
either because they have been acquired, moved on to an initial public
offering of shares or have simply matured.
We welcome nominations of emerging startups for inclusion in a future iteration of the EE Times
Silicon 60 list. Nominations should be supported by a short citation
explaining why a company merits consideration on a future list. Send
comments and nominations to Peter Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org).