EE Times Silicon 60: 2016's Emerging Companies to Watch: Page 11 of 11

September 20, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
EE Times Silicon 60: 2016's Emerging Companies to Watch
EE Times introduces v17.1 of the Silicon 60 list of emerging companies.

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Telink Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China) is a fabless IC company formed in 2010 and backed by Intel Capital in 2015. It develops highly integrated low power radio-frequency and mixed signal system chips for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Its product portfolio includes low-power 2.4GHz RF SoCs for Bluetooth Smart, Zigbee, 6LoWPAN/Thread, Homekit and low-power high-precision analog ICs for touch control, serving smart lighting, home automation, smart city, and other consumer electronics.

TeraDeep Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) founded in December 2013 as spin off from Purdue University to focus on the design of mobile coprocessors and neural network hardware for the understanding of images and videos.

Ultrahaptics Ltd. (Bristol, England) founded in 2013, uses a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into haptic feedback.

USound GmbH (Graz, Austria) is fabless MEMS company that was founded in 2014 with the mission of producing audio systems based on MEMS actuators. USound is collaborating with Fraunhofer ISIT (Institute for Silicon Technology Itzehoe Germany) to develop MEMS speakers that enable higher system integration, smaller form factor at lower cost with better hardware performance compared to the existing electro-dynamic transducers. USound products can include audio amplifiers, audio codecs and passive components and may be suitable for smartphones and wireless in-ear systems.

Vesper Technologies Inc. (Boston, Mass.), previously called Baker-Calling and Sonify, is a University of Michigan startup founded in July 2009 to develop piezoelectric MEMS microphones and bring superior microphones to handheld devices. The company claims its piezoelectric MEMS sensing is to be able to reduce the noise-floor compared with conventional capacitive sensing technology.

V-Nova Ltd. (London, England) founded in 2011 by Guido Meardi (CEO), Luca Rossato (chief scientist), Eric Achtmann (executive chairman) and Pierdavide Marcolongo (angel investor), to create a superior video codec. Perseus is the result and is being developed in an open innovation model with a business consortium that includes Broadcom, Encompass, Intel, Hitachi and Sky Italia.

Wavelens SA (Grenoble, France) is a CEA-Leti spinoff that was launched in November 2012. The company focuses on developing MEMS optical systems to integrate such functions as autofocus, image stabilization and zoom.

Weebit Nano Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), founded in 2014, has an R&D agreement with Rice University (Houston, Texas) and has licensed 7 patents on the silicon oxide Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM) technology being researched there by Professor James Tour. A first commercial device is expected by mid-2017.

WiTricity Corp. (Watertown, Mass.) was founded in 2007 to commercialize technology developed by company founder Professor Marin Soljacic to enable wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance in line with the A4WP Rezence specification. It is licensing its technology for use in consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense.


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