Processors, memory, manufacturing processes, chip architecture, EDA, MEMS, RF, touch screens, servers and the Internet of Things are markets where startups can still make a difference.
What follows are ten rising companies worth tracking in 2013.
Nantero Inc. (Woburn, Mass.) was founded in 2001 and has
been working on the use of carbon nanotubes in non-volatile memory
applications since then. Having made some noise about a trench-based
device structure in 2006 things went quiet again until 2012.
company has changed its device to an even more scalable in-via
structure and has announced additional funding of $10 million led by a
couple of strategic partners. In addition microelectronics research
center IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) announced a joint development program to
make CNT non-volatile memories with critical dimensions of less than
20-nm, and senior IMEC executives expressed the hope that the memory
could be deployed as a replacement for DRAM.
If this technology is going to fly it should be able to demonstrate more
progress in 2013 and perhaps we will find out who are the strategic
Cross-section of Nantero's carbon-nanotube variable-resistence memory structure. The structure is thought to be scalable to 15-nm wide elements and even down to 5-nm.
Partners back nanotube memory for production pushIMEC backs carbon nanotube memories