EE Times Silicon 60: 2016's Emerging Companies to Watch: Page 9 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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Saigon Semiconductor Technology Inc. (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) designs and manufactures RF, microwave and millimeter-wave semiconductors and offers gallium arsenide foundry services. Founded in 2014 SSTI is building a wafer fab to house equipment acquired from Universal Semiconductor Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.).

Sensifree Ltd. (Cupertino, Calif.) was founded in 2012 and claims to have developed a contact free, electromagnetic sensor that accurately collect a range of continuous biometric data without the need to touch the human body. The Sensifree technology uses RF signal to sense movement in the radial artery wall to track heart rate, and in the future blood pressure. Having taken the pulse digital signal processing is used to extract more information.

SiFive Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.) was founded in 2015 by creators of the free and open RISC-V processor architecture as a reaction to the end of conventional transistor scaling and escalating chip design costs. SiFive's mission is to bring the power of open-source and agile hardware design to the semiconductor industry.

SigFox Wireless SAS (Toulouse, France) founded in 2009 is the developer and operator of a cellular network in France dedicated to low-throughput machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things. It makes use of ultranarrow band radio technology and licenses operators in other countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Sol Chip Ltd. (Haifa, Israel), founded in 2009, has developed a chip scale photovoltaic energy harvester which can provide voltages at between 0.75V and 9V useful for autonomous low-power electronic systems. The PV cell can produce 3.3-milliwatts in full daylight and up to 20-microwatts under office lighting.

SolidEnergy Systems Corp. (Woburn, Mass.), founded in 2012 by Qichao Hu during his postdoctoral work at MIT, has introduced the “anode-free” lithium metal battery in 2014 with superior energy density and safety but that can still made using existing Li-ion factories. Applications include drones, watches and wearables, smartphones, and electric cars.

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