Next Global Tech 50: Semiconductors

Subscribe

Unlike the budding global software startup scene, the semiconductor industry can’t boast a large number of private companies disrupting the status quo. As most of the market segments are dominated by elephantine international corporations, young firms are often not able to keep up with the ever-changing business environment. However, there are a number of aggressive upstarts that are highly likely to win within their chosen industry verticals in the near future. Using 12 independent variables, EqualOcean has compiled a list of young chipmakers that have a strong chance of growing into global leaders.

Number of Laureates: 50
Company Country Category Founded year Founders Description
AEPONYX
Canada
Data center chips
2011
François Ménard
AEPONYX is a fabless micro optical switch semiconductor chips designer and manufacturer. its chips are targeted at fiber optic access to the Cloud and optical switching in the Cloud.
close
read more
AEPONYX is a fabless micro optical switch semiconductor chips designer and manufacturer. its chips are targeted at fiber optic access to the Cloud and optical switching in the Cloud.
Aito
The Netherlands
Other
2012
Jockum Lönnberg, Pauli Laitinen, Rene Vries
Aito gives new meaning to intuitive and safe operation of electronic devices. The company offers a new category of interface controls that combines touch functionality with haptic feedback in the world’s thinnest form factor.
close
read more
Aito gives new meaning to intuitive and safe operation of electronic devices. The company offers a new category of interface controls that combines touch functionality with haptic feedback in the world’s thinnest form factor.
AlphaICs
India
AI chips
2016
Nagendra Nagaraja, Prashant Trivedi, Vinod Dham
AlphaICs is capitalizing on this opportunity to deliver the next generation of AI computing. The firm's invention, agent-based ‘Real AI Processor' (RAP), delivers much higher compute performance and significant energy efficiency. RAP provides Perception and Decision-making ability to the edge in applications ranging from autonomous cars, drones, robots to Dialog Systems where latencies are crucial.
close
read more
AlphaICs is capitalizing on this opportunity to deliver the next generation of AI computing. The firm's invention, agent-based ‘Real AI Processor' (RAP), delivers much higher compute performance and significant energy efficiency. RAP provides Perception and Decision-making ability to the edge in applications ranging from autonomous cars, drones, robots to Dialog Systems where latencies are crucial.
Ascatron
Sweden
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2011
Adolf Schoner, Bo Hammarlund, Christian Vieider, Wlodek Kaplan
Ascatron provide high performance Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductors radically reducing losses in electrical power converters for applications in industry, electric vehicles, data centres, solar power, and the electric grid.
close
read more
Ascatron provide high performance Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductors radically reducing losses in electrical power converters for applications in industry, electric vehicles, data centres, solar power, and the electric grid.
ASR Microelectronics
China
IoT chips
2015
Dai Baojia
ASR is a chip company focused on platform development, program delivery, technical support and service of mobile intelligent communication terminals, Internet of Things (IoT) chips, navigation and various types consumer electronics chips.
close
read more
ASR is a chip company focused on platform development, program delivery, technical support and service of mobile intelligent communication terminals, Internet of Things (IoT) chips, navigation and various types consumer electronics chips.
Baum
South Korea
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2016
Andy Ladd, Youngsoo Shin
Baum provides electronic design automation (EDA) software and solutions that enable engineering groups in the automotive, internet of things (IoT), mobile, networking and server markets to fully optimize the energy efficiency of their semiconductor designs. 
close
read more
Baum provides electronic design automation (EDA) software and solutions that enable engineering groups in the automotive, internet of things (IoT), mobile, networking and server markets to fully optimize the energy efficiency of their semiconductor designs. 
Black Sesame Technologies
China/United States
Automotive chips
2016
Johnson Shan, Wilson Liu
Black Sesame Technologies is an AI digital imaging technology firm that creates solutions for real-world AI challenges. It provides solutions for image processing and computing images, as well as embedded sensing platforms. The firm specializes algorithms for smartphones, autonomous driving, and other consumer electronics.
close
read more
Black Sesame Technologies is an AI digital imaging technology firm that creates solutions for real-world AI challenges. It provides solutions for image processing and computing images, as well as embedded sensing platforms. The firm specializes algorithms for smartphones, autonomous driving, and other consumer electronics.
BlueX Microelectronics
China
IoT chips
2015
Li Hongyu
BlueX Microelectronics Corp. Ltd is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets ultra-low power wireless systems-on-chip and analog semiconductors for IoT and wearable applications.
close
read more
BlueX Microelectronics Corp. Ltd is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets ultra-low power wireless systems-on-chip and analog semiconductors for IoT and wearable applications.
Cambricon
China
AI chips
2016
Tianshi Chen
Cambricon aims to build the core processor chips for various intelligent cloud servers, smart terminals and intelligent robots.
close
read more
Cambricon aims to build the core processor chips for various intelligent cloud servers, smart terminals and intelligent robots.
Celera
United States
AI chips
2018
Abid Hussain
Celera develops and deploys an automated AI software-based platform that delivers custom integrated circuit designs 100X faster than legacy teams and flows. 
close
read more
Celera develops and deploys an automated AI software-based platform that delivers custom integrated circuit designs 100X faster than legacy teams and flows. 
CNEX Labs
United States
Data center chips
2013
Alan J Armstrong, Joseph DeFranco, Yiren Huang
CNEX provides solid-state storage semiconductor and software solutions for cloud, hyper-scale, and enterprise data centers.
close
read more
CNEX provides solid-state storage semiconductor and software solutions for cloud, hyper-scale, and enterprise data centers.
Codasip
Germany
IoT chips
2014
Karel Masarik
Codasip is the company that automates customization of risc-v processors and toolchains.
close
read more
Codasip is the company that automates customization of risc-v processors and toolchains.
Crystalline Mirror Solutions
Austria
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2012
Garrett Cole, Markus Aspelmeyer
Crystalline Mirror Solutions manufactures low-noise reflective optics using a proprietary coating technology.
close
read more
Crystalline Mirror Solutions manufactures low-noise reflective optics using a proprietary coating technology.
Dover Microsystems
United States
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2017
Greg Sullivan, Jothy Rosenberg, Marco Ciaffi
Dover Microsystems is a provider of cybersecurity to silicon. At Dover Microsystems, their mission is to immunize the world’s processors against all network-based attacks. 
close
read more
Dover Microsystems is a provider of cybersecurity to silicon. At Dover Microsystems, their mission is to immunize the world’s processors against all network-based attacks. 
Edgecortix
Japan
IoT chips
2019
Sakyasingha Dasgupta
Edgecortix is a Singapore and Tokyo based deep-tech startup bringing intelligence to edge devices with an AI driven automated software & hardware co-design space exploration platform. Their software platform and AI hardware IP is designed for efficient multimodal inference and continual learning on edge devices at small to medium form factors, especially for the robotics & manufacturing and healthcare industry.
close
read more
Edgecortix is a Singapore and Tokyo based deep-tech startup bringing intelligence to edge devices with an AI driven automated software & hardware co-design space exploration platform. Their software platform and AI hardware IP is designed for efficient multimodal inference and continual learning on edge devices at small to medium form factors, especially for the robotics & manufacturing and healthcare industry.
Eridan Communications
United States
Wireless
2013
Douglas Kirkpatrick, Dubravko Babić, Earl McCune
Eridan Communications is a developer of a next generation radio frequency communication technology designed to effectively build an energy efficient and spectrum efficient path to 5G.
close
read more
Eridan Communications is a developer of a next generation radio frequency communication technology designed to effectively build an energy efficient and spectrum efficient path to 5G.
FABU Technology
China
Automotive chips
2017
Kevin Cao, Xiaofei He
FABU Technology is an AI company devoted to proprietary technology of ADAS and Autonomous Driving.
close
read more
FABU Technology is an AI company devoted to proprietary technology of ADAS and Autonomous Driving.
Fortsense
China
AI chips
2017
Mo Lianghua
Fortsense is an AI-aware chip designer, focusing on core component design and outsourcing assembly.
close
read more
Fortsense is an AI-aware chip designer, focusing on core component design and outsourcing assembly.
GrAI Matter Labs
France
AI chips
2016
Atul Sinha
GrAI Matter Labs utilizes biology-inspired spiking neural networks to overcome the limitations of traditional Von Neumann machines and application processors. Their massively parallel, fully programmable compute technology enables multi-modal sensor analytics and dynamic machine learning at low power levels not feasible before. Combining next generation neuromorphic compute with cutting edge silicon technologies brings AI to every edge device across the Internet of Things without the need for cloud computing support.
close
read more
GrAI Matter Labs utilizes biology-inspired spiking neural networks to overcome the limitations of traditional Von Neumann machines and application processors. Their massively parallel, fully programmable compute technology enables multi-modal sensor analytics and dynamic machine learning at low power levels not feasible before. Combining next generation neuromorphic compute with cutting edge silicon technologies brings AI to every edge device across the Internet of Things without the need for cloud computing support.
Graphcore
United Kingdom
AI chips
2016
Nigel Toon, Simon Knowles
Graphcore is a hardware systems company developing IPU-Accelerator™ cards and IPU-Appliance™ products that will accelerate machine learning applications. It has created a new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence.
close
read more
Graphcore is a hardware systems company developing IPU-Accelerator™ cards and IPU-Appliance™ products that will accelerate machine learning applications. It has created a new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence.
Hailo
Israel
AI chips
2017
Avi Baum, Hadar Zeitlin, Orr Danon
Hailo is an Israel-based deep learning company that develops a breakthrough specialized deep learning microprocessor to deliver data center performance to edge devices. The company aims to drive artificial intelligence to the edge. Imagine intelligent devices that are empowered with the performance of a datacenter class computer, operating in real-time at reduced power consumption, size and cost. 
close
read more
Hailo is an Israel-based deep learning company that develops a breakthrough specialized deep learning microprocessor to deliver data center performance to edge devices. The company aims to drive artificial intelligence to the edge. Imagine intelligent devices that are empowered with the performance of a datacenter class computer, operating in real-time at reduced power consumption, size and cost. 
HiLight Semiconductor
United Kingdom
Wireless
2012
George Brocklehurst
HiLight Semiconductor designs and supplies analogue and mixed-signal CMOS ICs communications and networking applications.
close
read more
HiLight Semiconductor designs and supplies analogue and mixed-signal CMOS ICs communications and networking applications.
Horizon Robotics
China
AI chips
2015
Annie Tao, Chang Huang, Fang Yi, Kai Yu, Ming Yang
Horizon Robotics Inc. develops chips for robots. It develops artificial intelligence chips for smart driving, smart retailing, and other fields. Horizon Robotics markets its products throughout China.
close
read more
Horizon Robotics Inc. develops chips for robots. It develops artificial intelligence chips for smart driving, smart retailing, and other fields. Horizon Robotics markets its products throughout China.
Lightning Semiconductor
China
IoT chips
2016
Feng Lei
Lightning Semiconductor provides a platform for development of IoT and AI chips. The company's chip products are highly integrated with on-chip matching network, base band, power management module and other features.
close
read more
Lightning Semiconductor provides a platform for development of IoT and AI chips. The company's chip products are highly integrated with on-chip matching network, base band, power management module and other features.
Morse Micro
Australia
Wireless
2016
Andrew Terry, Michael De Nil
Morse Micro Pty. Ltd. provides semiconductor devices, offering Wi-Fi halow chips for the Internet of Things market.
close
read more
Morse Micro Pty. Ltd. provides semiconductor devices, offering Wi-Fi halow chips for the Internet of Things market.
Movellus
United States
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2014
Muhammad Faisal
Movellus develops process portable, high performance and ultra-low power analog IPs. Its products include PLLs, DLLs and LDOs, that are optimized per design. Movellus’ customers span cloud computing, AI, edge AI, and FPGA markets.
close
read more
Movellus develops process portable, high performance and ultra-low power analog IPs. Its products include PLLs, DLLs and LDOs, that are optimized per design. Movellus’ customers span cloud computing, AI, edge AI, and FPGA markets.
Navitas
United States
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2013
Dan Kinzer, Gene Sheridan, Nick Fichtenbaum
Navitas Semiconductor develops a range of GaN power ICs for the power supply markets. The company’s products support mobile phones, wireless charging, LED lighting, TV and monitor, solar and datacenters.
close
read more
Navitas Semiconductor develops a range of GaN power ICs for the power supply markets. The company’s products support mobile phones, wireless charging, LED lighting, TV and monitor, solar and datacenters.
NeuroBlade
Israel
AI chips
2017
Elad Sity, Eliad Hillel
NeuroBlade builds high performance solutions for the AI market while lowering costs and power consumption. Its small size chip is designed to to meet the specific needs of AI workloads and run AI algorithms targeted at servers, laptops, cars and cameras.
close
read more
NeuroBlade builds high performance solutions for the AI market while lowering costs and power consumption. Its small size chip is designed to to meet the specific needs of AI workloads and run AI algorithms targeted at servers, laptops, cars and cameras.
NextInput
United States
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2012
Ali Foughi, Ian Campbell, Ryan Diestelhorst
NextInput markets a set of proprietary touch technologies that solve key pains in the $20 billion market for touch technology. NextInput's ForceTouch technology is useful for a variety of electronic device interface applications, including touchscreens for next generation smartphones and tablet PCs.
close
read more
NextInput markets a set of proprietary touch technologies that solve key pains in the $20 billion market for touch technology. NextInput's ForceTouch technology is useful for a variety of electronic device interface applications, including touchscreens for next generation smartphones and tablet PCs.
NextVPU
China
AI chips
2016
Feng Xinpeng
NextVPU refers to “Next Vision Processing Unit”, it offers embedded AI solutions for most of the smart devices and applications, powers these intelligent devices with vision and brain. The firm's clients are involved in robotics, UAV, UGV and security monitoring.
close
read more
NextVPU refers to “Next Vision Processing Unit”, it offers embedded AI solutions for most of the smart devices and applications, powers these intelligent devices with vision and brain. The firm's clients are involved in robotics, UAV, UGV and security monitoring.
NuMat Technologies
United States
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2013
Benjamin Hernandez, Christopher Wilmer, Omar Farha
NuMat Technologies attempts to reshape precision engineering by designing and building molecularly-programmed systems.
close
read more
NuMat Technologies attempts to reshape precision engineering by designing and building molecularly-programmed systems.
Nuvia
United States
Data center chips
2019
Gerard Williams III, John Bruno, Manu Gulati
Nuvia develops processors intended to create high-performance silicon design for a compute-intensive world. It designs processing chipsets for data center servers, thereby delivering faster, power-efficient, and secure experience to existing data center processors.
close
read more
Nuvia develops processors intended to create high-performance silicon design for a compute-intensive world. It designs processing chipsets for data center servers, thereby delivering faster, power-efficient, and secure experience to existing data center processors.
Palma Ceia SemiDesign
United States
Wireless
2012
Jim Flowers, Roy E. Jewell
Palma Ceia SemiDesign offers analog and RF IP for emerging WiFi, LTE, and wireline applications.
close
read more
Palma Ceia SemiDesign offers analog and RF IP for emerging WiFi, LTE, and wireline applications.
Paragraf
United Kingdom
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2015
Colin Humphreys, Simon Thomas
Paragraf is a graphene technology development company that focuses on the production of two-dimensional materials. It develops devices based on these materials. 
close
read more
Paragraf is a graphene technology development company that focuses on the production of two-dimensional materials. It develops devices based on these materials. 
Scientific Visual
Switzerland
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2010
Ivan Orlov
Scientific Visual develops quality control systems for optical materials to improve watch, LED and smartphone production.
close
read more
Scientific Visual develops quality control systems for optical materials to improve watch, LED and smartphone production.
Sckipio Technologies
Israel
Wireless
2012
David Baum, Michael Weissman, Oren Mansour, Rami Verbin, Ron Sterenson
Sckipio Technologies specializes in Gfast technologies. It delivers ultra broadband access for the masses. Sckipio is the first semiconductor company focused on the new ITU standard.
close
read more
Sckipio Technologies specializes in Gfast technologies. It delivers ultra broadband access for the masses. Sckipio is the first semiconductor company focused on the new ITU standard.
Sensylink
China
Sensors
2015
Lai Jianwen, Wang Yu
Sensylink designs, develops, manufactures and markets environmental sensor ICs, including Temperature sensor IC, Humidity sensor IC and Gas sensor IC. Sensylink’s products combine sensor technology and IC process/design technology together.
close
read more
Sensylink designs, develops, manufactures and markets environmental sensor ICs, including Temperature sensor IC, Humidity sensor IC and Gas sensor IC. Sensylink’s products combine sensor technology and IC process/design technology together.
SiFive
United States
IoT chips
2015
Andrew Waterman, Dr. Krste Asanovic, Dr. Yunsup Lee
SiFive offers system on a chip for microcontroller, embedded, IoT, and wearable applications; and toolset to provide debug capabilities.
close
read more
SiFive offers system on a chip for microcontroller, embedded, IoT, and wearable applications; and toolset to provide debug capabilities.
Silicon Mobility
France
Automotive chips
2015
Bruno Paucard, David Fresneau, Vincent Cruvellier
The company designs, develops and sells flexible, real-time, safe and open solutions for the automotive industry used to increase energy efficiency and reduce pollutant emissions while keeping passengers safe.
close
read more
The company designs, develops and sells flexible, real-time, safe and open solutions for the automotive industry used to increase energy efficiency and reduce pollutant emissions while keeping passengers safe.
Syntiant
United States
AI chips
2017
Jeremy Holleman, Kurt Busch, Pieter Vorenkamp, Steph Bailey
Syntiant is an AI semiconductor company that is accelerating the transition of machine learning from the cloud to edge devices.
close
read more
Syntiant is an AI semiconductor company that is accelerating the transition of machine learning from the cloud to edge devices.
TBSTest Technologies
China
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2017
Zhang Yue
TBSTest Technologies is a semiconductor test equipment developer specializing in R&D, production and sales of ultra-large-scale integrated circuit test equipment (ATE). Its main product is SOC test equipment, which is mainly for enterprise users of integrated circuit design, production, packaging and testing. 
close
read more
TBSTest Technologies is a semiconductor test equipment developer specializing in R&D, production and sales of ultra-large-scale integrated circuit test equipment (ATE). Its main product is SOC test equipment, which is mainly for enterprise users of integrated circuit design, production, packaging and testing. 
Tempow
France
Wireless
2016
Julien Goupy, Thomas Girardier, Vincent Nallatamby
Tempow is a research and design company focused on pushing the limits of Bluetooth technology. Their first product, the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP) is an updated Bluetooth protocol allowing any Bluetooth chip to stream audio on multiple Bluetooth audio outputs simultaneously.
close
read more
Tempow is a research and design company focused on pushing the limits of Bluetooth technology. Their first product, the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP) is an updated Bluetooth protocol allowing any Bluetooth chip to stream audio on multiple Bluetooth audio outputs simultaneously.
ThinkForce
China
AI chips
2017
Xu Ruhao
ThinkForce is a Shanghai-based Artificial Intelligence chip maker. It focuses on building intelligent semiconductors with AI algorithms and AI hardware platform. 
close
read more
ThinkForce is a Shanghai-based Artificial Intelligence chip maker. It focuses on building intelligent semiconductors with AI algorithms and AI hardware platform. 
TriEye
Israel
Automotive chips
2016
Avi Bakal
TriEye is a semiconductor startup developing SWIR (Short Wave Infrared) imaging solutions.
close
read more
TriEye is a semiconductor startup developing SWIR (Short Wave Infrared) imaging solutions.
USound
Austria
Other
2014
Andrea Rusconi Clerici, Ferruccio Bottoni, Joerg Schoenbacher
USound is a fabless audio company offering high-performance silicon speakers and sound solutions based on MEMS technology.
close
read more
USound is a fabless audio company offering high-performance silicon speakers and sound solutions based on MEMS technology.
Vayyar
Israel
Sensors
2011
Miri Ratner, Naftali Chayat, Raviv Melamed
Vayyar provides sensors for various applications ranging from breast cancer screening to detecting water leakage and safety monitoring.
close
read more
Vayyar provides sensors for various applications ranging from breast cancer screening to detecting water leakage and safety monitoring.
VSORA
France
Semiconductor Materials, Services and Solutions
2015
Pierre Emmanuel Bernard, Trung Dung Nguyen
VSORA is an IP provider for chipmakers designing the latest generations of digital communications systems, like 5G. It leverages a multi-core DSP architecture eliminates the need for DSP co-processors to provide a level of flexibility achievable only with software programming. 
close
read more
VSORA is an IP provider for chipmakers designing the latest generations of digital communications systems, like 5G. It leverages a multi-core DSP architecture eliminates the need for DSP co-processors to provide a level of flexibility achievable only with software programming. 
W&Wsens
United States
Sensors
2014
Bob Wang, Saif Islam
W&Wsens has developed semiconductor-based high-speed but low-cost optical sensors. Applications include data center interconnects and LiDAR.
close
read more
W&Wsens has developed semiconductor-based high-speed but low-cost optical sensors. Applications include data center interconnects and LiDAR.
Wiliot
Israel
IoT chips
2017
Tal Tamir
WIliot is a fabless semiconductor company developing passive SoC platforms for the IoT market. 
close
read more
WIliot is a fabless semiconductor company developing passive SoC platforms for the IoT market. 
XTX Technology
China
Other
2014
Long Dongqing
XTX Technology is a semiconductor company that provides a cost-competitive product family of NAND MCP, NOR MCP, SD NAND, SPI NAND, SPI NOR Flash, and eMMC products to meet the requirements of a wide variety of embedded applications, such as mobile phone, tablet, vehicle equipment, security & surveillance, POS terminals, home appliances, M2M devices datacard, set-top-box, and many other terminal products.
close
read more
XTX Technology is a semiconductor company that provides a cost-competitive product family of NAND MCP, NOR MCP, SD NAND, SPI NAND, SPI NOR Flash, and eMMC products to meet the requirements of a wide variety of embedded applications, such as mobile phone, tablet, vehicle equipment, security & surveillance, POS terminals, home appliances, M2M devices datacard, set-top-box, and many other terminal products.