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Startup Funding: March 2022


Semiconductor manufacturing, test, and inspection equipment startups did well in March. Investors funded a wide variety of equipment companies, including test equipment, materials handling, and those that make parts and components. In the manufacturing space, several companies developing manufacturing execution systems received funding, as well as a startup trying to prevent counterfeit parts f... » read more

Startup Funding: November 2021


        There's nothing virtual about the level of interest in AR/VR startups. As the concept of the 'metaverse' becomes more widespread with Nvidia's recent GTC announcements and Facebook's rebranding, investors poured money into startups with enabling technology for augmented, virtual, and extended reality. Most of those are developing waveguides and other disp... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Infineon reported fourth quarter 2021 financial results with revenue of €3.0 billion (~$3.4 billion), up 21% compared to the same quarter last year. For the full year, revenue was €11.1 billion (~$12.7 billion), an increase of 29% from the previous year. "In light of the continued high demand for semiconductors needed for the energy-efficient, connected world, we expect the 2022 fiscal year... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Aldec extended its TySOM family of embedded prototyping boards with the introduction of TySOM-M-MPFS250, the first in a planned series to feature a Microchip PolarFire SoC FPGA MPFS250T-FCG1152 and to have dual FMC connectivity. The board contains 16Gb FPGA DDR4 x32, 16Gb MSS DDR4 x36 with ECC, eMMC, SPI Flash memory, 64 Kb EEPROM and a microSD card socket. The PolarFire SoC is a five-st... » read more

Startup Funding: June 2021


June was the month of mega-rounds for autonomous driving companies, with three pulling in well over $100M. All three are based in China, but their products range from chips to full robotaxi services. Also in the automotive space, an EV battery manufacturer raised over $2B, a solid-state lidar developer drew $300M — and those are just the largest rounds. Plus, new HPC architectures, GAA metrol... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Synopsys acquired Sidense, a provider of antifuse one-time programmable (OTP) non-volatile memory (NVM) for standard-logic CMOS processes. Sidense was founded in 2004 in Canada. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ArterisIP acquired the software and intellectual property rights of iNoCs, a provider of network-on-chip IP and design tools. Founded in 2007, the Swiss company was spun... » read more