20 analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow this year: Page 3 of 5

January 02, 2019 // By Peter Clarke
20 analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow this year
We have renewed our list of analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow, in the fifth annual iteration of our list.

CanSemi Technology Inc. (Guangzhou, China) broke ground on a 300mm wafer fab on December 26, 2017 with a plan for a billion-dollar fab in Guangzhou, China. The company is said to be pooling investments from fabless companies to provide funding with a built-in customer base. Richard Chang, the first CEO of China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), is said to be leading the project. The plant is expected to go into operation in 2019. When completed, the 7billion yuan (about US$1billion) plant will produce 40,000 12-inch wafer chips per month, with annual sales revenue estimated at 3 billion yuan rising to 10 billion yuan when at full capacity. www.cansemitech.com

(see IDM or foundry: CanSemi builds on analog, MCU strategy)


Cista Systems Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), founded in 2013, has developed a number of CMOS image sensors making use of the Chinese foundry SMIC's independently developed 0.13-micron BSI technology platform. www.cistadesign.com

(See Image sensor startup teams with SMIC)


E-peas Semiconductors (Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium) has announced its first chip in energy management IC for use with photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting. The company was founded in 2014 with a vision to address Internet of Things applications on two fronts; by increasing harvested energy and by reducing the energy consumption of circuit blocks. www.e-peas.com

(See Fujitsu to distribute E-peas energy harvest ICs)


Hanking Electronics (Liaoning) Co. Ltd. (Shenyang, China), founded in April 2011, is a privately funded MEMS company and a subsidiary of the Hanking Industrial Group. Hanking Electronics focuses on developing, fabrication and marketing MEMS products and related electronics components. It provides customers with design and development, fabrication processing, volume manufacturing, MEMS foundry services, MEMS sensors, MEMS actuators, ASIC, MEMS technology and application consulting. www.hkmems.com

(see Hanking offers MEMS foundry services)


Innoviz Technologies Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel), a 2016 startup developing lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, raised $9 million in a Series A financing round and then extended a Series B financing round to $73 million in October 2017. Backers include Samsung Catalyst and SoftBank Ventures Korea. The company was founded by former members of the Israeli Intelligence Corps. who went on to work for multiple startups and multinational corporations. www.innoviz.tech

(see Samsung, SoftBank back lidar startup Innoviz)


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