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60 start-up companies to watch in 2015

Posted: 10 Sep 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:start-up? Internet of Things? MEMS?

EE Times came out with a version 15.1 of the Silicon 60 a little over a year ago, and during that time the global economy has endured some ups and downs. The United States experienced growth while Europe and Japan remained in the doldrums. China, a major mover of the global economy, recently faced a slump on stock exchanges, sending shocks to stock indices worldwide.

Entrepreneurs are not usually daunted by such comings and goings and have continued to form start-up companies in the years since the crash of 2008, and some of these have or could soon enter the market.

EE Times has selected 30 of these recently formed companies to come on to version 16.1 of its list of 60 firms that we feel are worth keeping an eye on. It may well be that these privately held start-ups will be less affected than listed companies by economic turmoil in the short term and even benefit from lower interest rates and materials costs. But of course in the medium-to-longer term we all seek growth markets in which to sell our goods and services.

Silicon 60

EE Times has been updating and publishing the Silicon 60 since April 2004 to reflect the latest corporate, commercial, technology and market conditions. The latest batch of newcomers include companies active in the fields of materials, IP cores, processors, FPGAs, neuromorphic computing, wireless for location, communications and connectivity, MEMS and image sensors, and the Internet of Things.

To make way for the newcomers, 30 companies have dropped off the list. A few of those were acquired while others simply become mature with the passage of time. Those more mature companies, while no longer listed on the Silicon 60, may yet fulfil an investors' dream of moving to public ownership or going through a high-priced company sale.

The selection of the 60 companies in Silicon 60 v16.1 has been based on consideration of a mix of criteria including technology, intended market, financial position, investment profile, maturity and executive leadership. They are emerging companies to followfor a variety of reasons. The names of the companies brought on to the Silicon 60 at this iteration are italicised in the listing on the next pages.

Readers are welcome to nominate their own emerging privately held companies for inclusion in a future iteration of the Silicon 60 list. Nominations should be supported by a short citation providing basic details about the company and explaining why the company is suitable for inclusion on the list. Click here to submit your nominee.

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