Chip Maker CISTA Nets CNY 300 Million From Series C Funding Round

Technology Author: Boying Ji Jun 17, 2022 02:24 PM (GMT+8)

CISTA  is a high-tech enterprise specializing in the independent design, development, packaging, testing, and product marketing of integrated circuit chips. It completed a Series C funding round worth CNY 300 Million on June 16, led by Yitang Changhou Fund and Galaxy Holding Group.

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CISTA (Chinese: 芯视达), a developer and supplier of CMOS Image Sensor (CIS), announced its Series C financing round worth CNY 300 million (USD 44.760 million) on June 16, tech news portal reported.

This round of financing was led by Yitang Changhou Fund and the Capital of Galaxy Holding Group, with participation by Wuxi Liantai Investment, Essence Capital, and other institutions. Existing shareholder Zhangjiang Haoheng Investment also participated in this round.

The money from this funding round will be used on the expansion of R&D teams, the R&D of products, the capacity, and the expansion of connection with more clients.

Du Zheng, the founder and CEO of CISTA, said that the CIS market scale is huge but the high technical barrier and customer barrier result that the market has been monopolized by giants such as Sony and Samsung. With the trend of multi-camera in mobile phones and automobiles, the growth of the CIS industry has been promoted.

According to YOLE statistics, the global revenue of the CIS industry in 2020 was USD 20.7 billion, of which the mobile phone market accounts for 70%, and the computer, automobile, and security markets account for about 20%, while Sony and Samsung have a market share of more than 60%.

In the past two years, the market share of domestic CIS manufacturers has continued to expand, while the monopoly market structure has been gradually broken, Du added.

CISTA’s competitors include Smartsens (Chinese: 思特威), Gpixel (Chinese: 长光辰芯), Himax Technologies (Chinese: 奇景光电), Sony, and Samsung.