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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?


Aledia SA (Grenoble, France), has developed a method of forming light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on vertical pillars of gallium-nitride grown on silicon wafers. The company span out of CEA-Leti in 2011 and claims the technique produces three times more light per planar area than conventional approaches while using less GaN material. In the last year, the company has received backing from automotive supplier Valeo and furnishings supplier Ikea.

Allwinner Technology Co. Ltd (Zhuhai, China) is a fabless chip company founded in 2007 and developing application processor SoCs and analogue ICs for mobile equipment, automotive and television.

Ambiq Micro Inc. (Austin, Texas) founded in 2010, is a fabless chip company developing low power microcontrollers and mixed-signal systems that operate at sub-threshold voltages. Investors include ARM Holdings and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.

Anacode Labs Inc. (Aptos, Calif.), founded in 2015 by signal compression expert Al Wegener, has a mission to provide compression hardware and software under an IP licensing business model for use in data storage and communications applications. Wegener had previous founded and exited Samplify Systems.

Analog Computing Solutions Inc. (Bloomington, Indiana), founded in 2013, is developing a neural network IC that monitors sensor data for key events and thereby allow microcontrollers to stay in sleep mode for longer.

Arctic Sand Technologies Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.), founded in 2010 as an MIT spin-off, is working on power conversion circuits for high-efficiency power management applications. It has developed power conversion chips using switched-capacitor techniques that are 10 times smaller and 75 per cent more efficient that traditional conversion systems, according to investor Arsenal Venture Partners. Strategic investors include Dialogue Semiconductor plc and Energy Technology Ventures.

Autotalks Ltd (Kfar Netter, Israel), a fabless start-up founded in 2008, has developed chipset and software that combine signal processing, security and positioning information to create vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications for automotive OEMs and their suppliers.

Aviacomm Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), founded in 2009 by RFIC experts, bringing to market transceivers that address a variety of radio protocols and architectures, including TVWS, 4G/LTE, 3G, 2G, cognitive radio, software-defined radios and wireless communication devices for dynamic spectrum allocation.

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