Silicon Catalyst expands chip startup support in UK

Silicon Catalyst expands chip startup support in UK

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By Nick Flaherty

Incubator Silicon Catalyst has added three key companies to its support network to help chip design startups get to market faster.

The new In-Kind Partner (IKP) companies are all based in the UK and provide packaging, processor and security support. Alter Technology TUV NORD UK, Codasip and Crypto Quantique will provide support to the companies in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator alongside design tools from Synopsys and MathWorks, IP from ARM and Agile Analog and wafer runs at TSMC.

“Silicon Catalyst’s Portfolio Companies are all on a trajectory to ship large volume semiconductor devices to their global customer base. Being able to work closely with them through their prototype packaging needs all the way to their low-cost large volume packaging final production shipments is a great opportunity for us to work with those startups that we are confident will succeed,” said Stephen Duffy, Chief Executive Officer of Alter Technology TÜV Nord UK.

The company is expanding its prototyping and plastic packaging lines in Scotland to avoid the need to go to Asia.

“Many semiconductor startups are now struggling to achieve performance gains from scaling semiconductors to smaller nodes. Early adopters of application-specific IP design are seeing the benefits of tailoring their processors to their target markets. Our RISC-V processor design IP combined with the customization capabilities of Codasip Studio enables them to make significant performance gains,” said Ron Black, CEO of Munich-based Codasip, which has a design centre and security group in Bristol.

London-based Crypto Quantique develops quantum-driven hardware root-of-trust design IP.

“We are delighted to join Silicon Catalyst as part of the In-Kind Partner program, aiming to bring enhanced IoT device security for startups and scale-ups,” said Dr. Shahram Mossayebi, CEO and Co-Founder of Crypto Quantique.

“Our QDID design IP, which has been independently verified as robust against all known cyberattack mechanisms, measures quantum effects occurring in the fabric of silicon wafers to produce unique, unforgeable identities and cryptographic keys on-demand inside chip designs. The identities and keys create roots-of-trust for the chips used in IoT devices and edge nodes. QDID is a second-generation physical unclonable function (PUF) that eliminates key injection and the requirement to store keys in device memories.”

Alongside the in kind support, Silicon Catalyst has built an ecosystem of business and funding support for semiconductor start-ups.

“Our Portfolio Companies do not need to compromise on any choice they need to make by getting access to exactly what is required to be successful as globally scaling semiconductor companies. We are delighted to welcome Alter Technology, Codasip and Crypto Quantique to our In-Kind Partner program, enhancing our ability to provide flexible and scalable device packaging, application-specific RISC-V processors and root-of-trust design IP solutions to support the product needs of the innovative companies in our Incubator,” said Sean Redmond, co-founder and managing director at Silicon Catalyst UK (above).;;;


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