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Editor’s note: This article comes from the WeChat public account “MEMS” (ID: MEMSensor), the author’s Maims consulting Wang Yi, the original title “May in the start-up enterprise financing event summary, the semiconductor industry is particularly popular”, 36 krypton is authorized to release, slightlyThere are cuts.
According to a report by Maims Consulting, 18 companies were counted in May of this year, and a total of $446 million in financing was obtained.Among them, the semiconductor chip industry performed well.
Semiconductor and circuit design
Shanghai-based ASR Microelectronics raised $119 million in a Series D financing led by the China Internet Investment Fund.Sequoia Capital China, Hillhouse Capital, Zhangjiang Group, TCL Capital, Shanghai STVC Group, SPINNOTEC, Shanghai Free TradeThe Shanghai Free Trade Zone Equity Fund, CBC Capital and GL Ventures all participated in this round of financing.Aojie Technology is committed to mobile communications, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart phone chips.The company was founded in 2015 and acquired the mobile communications division of Marvell in 2017.So far, the company has raised more than 333 million US dollars.Xsight Labs received $80 million in Series A funding, led by Intel Capital, Microsoft, Xilinx, Valor Equity Partners, Battery Ventures, and individual investor Zvi Limon, Orly Tsioni, Manuel Alba and Avigdor Willenz participated.According to reports, Xsight Labs is developing a chipset for high-speed data center communications and data-intensive workloads, but the company is highly confidential.Xsight Labs was founded by former employees of EZchip in 2017, and EZchip was sold to Mellanox in 2016.The start-up company headquartered in Kelleygate, Israel, has raised a total of $100 million in financing.MemVerge received a $19 million Series B financing to develop a software that enables the data center to run all applications in memory.The software provided by this startup is a persistent “large memory” mode that is particularly suitable for tools such as Intel Optane’s snapshots, memory replication, and fast crash recovery.The financing was led by Intel Capital, Cisco Investments, NetApp, and SK Hynix, as well as Gaorong Capital, Glory Ventures, and Jerusalem Venture Partners Partners (Original investors such as Jerusalem Venture Partners, LDV Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Northern Light Venture Capital participated.MemVerge is headquartered in San Jose, California, USA, and was established in 2017. It has raised $43.5 million in funding.Newsight Imaging is a manufacturer of CMOS image sensor chips for lidar and machine vision applications. It is also a manufacturer of spectroscopic analysis instruments for portable food inspection and medical equipment. The manufacturer has been led by Infinity EquityUS$7 million in Series A funding from George Soo and George So.The company, headquartered in Neszona, Israel, is expanding its home virus detection business.
FLEEP Technologies raised 800,000 Euros (approximately US$900,000) in seed funding for its flexible, recyclable electronic printing process.The Milan-based company was spun off from the Italian Institute of Technology (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) in 2019.The company says that their carbon-based polymer integrated circuits can be printed on plastic, paper or fabric.They plan to gradually expand the production scale of biomedical and packaging applications within three years.Seed financing is provided by Pariter Partners, Italian Angels for Growth members, degli Investitori club and Cogliati family.Iris Light Technologies received a $100,000 seed fund from Clean Energy Trust to develop laser-on-chip technology.Iris Light separated from Argonne National Lab in 2018 and is headquartered in Chicago.The company said it uses a scalable, proprietary method to deposit multiple lasers inside the chip to increase the bandwidth and energy efficiency of the photonic chips used in the data center.ProPlus Design Solutions received a Series A financing from Intel Capital, but the exact amount is unknown.Its headquarters is located in San Jose, California, and was established in 2006.ProPlus provides SPICE modeling solution, which is an on-demand design solution optimized for yield and PPA, and is also a design environment for connecting process development, CAD and circuit design.Spectrum Materials raised an unknown amount of capital from Intel Capital.The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Quanzhou, China. It provides ultra-high purity key special gas and material solutions for fabs for epitaxy, diffusion, ion implantation, and etching steps.In recent months, Intel Capital announced a total of $132 million in financing for 11 startups.Although SMIC is not a startup, China National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund and Shanghai Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund have invested in SMIC2.25 billion US dollars.The funds will be used for the 14nm foundry of SMIC Southern Integrated Circuit Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (SMSC) in order to increase the production capacity from 6,000 to 35,000 per month.The two funds will hold 23.08% and 11.54% of the shares respectively.SMIC has been publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) since 2004, but was delisted in the trade war last year.The company is currently listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and recently applied for listing on the STAR Market of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Quantum computing
Quantum Motion Technology is developing a quantum computer with a silicon spin qubit structure compatible with standard CMOS processes.Such a scalable array will allow qubit redundancy and fault tolerance, and may be integrated into a hybrid quantum and classical computer.INKEF Capital and new investors Octopus Ventures, National Security Strategic Investment Fund and original investors Oxford Sciences Innovation, Parkwalk Advisors and IP Group plc participated in this round of financing, Raised a total of 8 million pounds (about 9.9 million US dollars).The company is headquartered in Leeds, United Kingdom and was established in 2017.Singapore-based Entropica Labs received 2.6 million Singapore dollars (about 1.8 million US dollars) in seed funding to develop its quantum computing software tools, algorithms and models.The financing was led by Elev8. SGInnovate, Wavemaker Partners, Lim Teck Lee Group, TIS Inc., T1 Inc., V1 Capital, Entrepreneur First, corporate investors, and Charlie Songhurst and Claus Nehmzow participated in the financing.cast.This startup was spun off from the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies in 2018, and is currently building an architecture that enables professional developers and casual users to try and build quantum computing workflows.Now working with Rigetti computing, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Microsoft Quantum Hardware.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) hardware
Shanghai-based Enflame Technology has raised RMB 700 million (approximately US$98.70 million) from Series B financing for the training of AI accelerators in data centers.This round of financing was led by Summitview Capital, with Tencent, Delta Capital, Oceanpine Capital, Redpoint Ventures and other companies participating.Suiyuan Technology was established in 2018. The company released the Yunsui T10 data transmission line (DL) training accelerator card. The DTU architecture is based on GF (GlobalFoundries) 12 LP FinFET (fin field effect transistor) platform. Its computing core includes32 general-purpose scalable neuron processors (SIPs), each 8 SIPs are combined into a scalable intelligent computing group (SIC), and on-chip configuration algorithms for efficient data processing.Edge AI startup SiMa.ai raised $30 million in Series A funding led by Dell Technologies Capital, Amplify Partners, Wing Venture Capital and +ND Capital.SiMa.ai is building a low-power system-on-chip (SoC) for machine learning.The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. It claims that their software center SoC architecture can provide a learning speed of more than 1000 frames per second (FPS/W), which is 30 times the current competitive solution.The total fundraising is $40 million.
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IRP Systems, an electric power system developer, raised $17 million in Series B financing. The lead investor is RZ Capital, in addition to JAL Ventures and the previous round of investment institutions Entree Capital, Tal Capital, Union TechVentures, Cendana Capital and Champion Motors participated in the investment.IRP Systems is headquartered in Neszona, Israel. Its goal is to reduce the cost of electric vehicles while maintaining performance. Its power system is mainly for full-size vehicles, but also for electric motorcycles, electric bicycles and electric four-wheelers.The company was founded in 2008 and initially developed aerodynamic systems.IRP Systems raised at least $20 million in this round.The automotive vision startup Motovis has received 100 million yuan (approximately US$14 million) in Series A2 financing from Shengshi Jinhao Investment Management Company, Orca Capital and Boxin Fund.This Shanghai-based startup was founded in 2015 and is committed to combining visual real-time positioning modeling (VSLAM) technology with deep learning to handle multiple cameras and provide advanced driver assistance on low-power embedded chips.Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications provide heterogeneous sensor fusion.Lidar manufacturer SOS Lab won the investment from Korea Development Bank, A Ventures, Emford Equity Partners, Ulmus Investment, KDB Capital, Shinhan Capital and ShinhanA $8 million Series A round of financing jointly provided by Shinhan Financial Group.SOS Lab is developing long-range hybrid solid-state lidar and mid-range solid-state lidar systems, as well as 2D lidar for smart factory machine sensing.The startup was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Gwangju, South Korea. It has already raised a total of US$14 million in funding.Regulus Cyber ​​raised $4 million in software for the B round of financing to prevent GNSS (Global Satellite Navigation System) and GPS (Global Positioning System) from being spoofed.The sensor security platform is targeted at automotive, mobile, maritime, aviation and critical infrastructure applications.The financing was led by SPDG Ventures, with btov Partners and existing investors Sierra Ventures, Canaan Partners Israel, F2 Capital and Technion participating.The company is headquartered in Haifa, Israel, and was established in 2016. Its solution will be built into HARMAN’s Shield car security platform, which has already raised $10.3 million.New Delhi, India-based Euler Motors raised Rs 2 crore (approximately US$2.6 million) in Series A funding led by Inventus Capital, with Blume Ventures, Jetty Ventures and individual investor Sujeet Kumar, for its light commercial electricThree-wheeled freight vehicles provide funding.The company aims to achieve “mobility as a service” and began to focus on the last mile of third-party logistics and e-commerce companies.The company also manufactures lithium-ion battery packs for its cars and installs electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.Euler Motors was established in 2018, with a total financing of approximately US$4.6 million.Potential Motors raised 2.5 million Canadian dollars (about 1.8 million U.S. dollars) of seed funding to develop its AI-based software for controlling electric vehicles.The fund was led by Build Ventures, with Brightspark Ventures and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation participating.Potential Motors was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Fredericton, Canada. Its remote-controlled drive software bridges the driver and control hardware, controls the electric drive system, and independently controls the power, steering, and braking of each wheel.Axonne raised a fund from Intel Capital, but did not disclose the specific amount.The startup was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Jinshan Bay, California. The startup is creating high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for automotive integrated systems..
Internet of Things and battery
Nanotech Energy received $27.5 million in Series C financing for the production of non-flammable lithium-ion batteries.The graphene (manufactured by our company) used in this battery is not only safe, but it is also said that the charging speed is 18 times faster than the current commercial battery and the service life is longer.Investor information was not disclosed.The Los Angeles-based company was founded in 2014 and simultaneously produces graphene-based conductive epoxy resins, conductive inks, electromagnetic interference shielding printing and films.HaiLa Technologies has raised a US$5 million seed fund for its ultra-low power and battery-free communication methods for IoT devices.This round of financing was led by Chrysalix Ventures, with participation from Ecofuel Fund, Tandem Launch and other companies.HaiLa’s technology uses a patented backscatter technology that allows the modulation of digital sensor data on existing environmental signals of different protocols while maintaining the integrity of the original protocol-specific signal.The startup was founded in 2017, initially named after Wavelite, and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
AI application
91 startups reported that they used AI as part of a product or service, and they raised nearly $2 billion (approximately $1.988 billion).The largest single round of funding comes from Magic Leap, a company that produces augmented reality (AR) wearable hardware and software, attracting $350 million.Other areas that attract large amounts of money include health, medical and pharmaceutical applications, and 15 companies have raised $282.2 million in these areas.Among them, the largest financing is Insitro, the company raised $143 million in a series B financing for the use of a combination of machine learning and genomic data for drug discovery.Customer relations and advertising are another major area this month, with eight startups financing a total of $279.3 million.A large portion of this went to ASAPP, which received $185 million in Series B financing to help sales and service personnel improve AI services that interact with customers.Other companies using AI have also raised more than $100 million in funding: CloudWalk Technology has raised $253.6 million for terminal applications that enable facial recognition technology, such as face scanning access control and infrared binocularScanner; US Title (States Title) raised $123 million to use AI to improve the real estate transaction process.

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