Cirrus Logic is Newest Strategic Partner of Silicon Catalyst’s Incubator for Chip Startups

November 13, 2019 - Austin, Texas and Santa Clara, California - Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, announces that Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRUS), a leader in low-power, high-precision mixed-signal processing solutions, has joined as a Strategic Partner.

Cirrus Logic, a fabless semiconductor supplier with headquarters in Austin, Texas, develops ICs that are featured in a wide range of applications, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, digital headsets and smart home applications such as smart speakers.

“Cirrus Logic’s lifeblood is innovation, and there’s a tremendous amount of innovation taking place within the silicon start-up community that will help continue to drive the semiconductor industry forward for many decades,” said John Forsyth, chief strategy officer, Cirrus Logic. “Through our relationship with Silicon Catalyst we are looking forward to forging new relationships and tapping into the wellspring of great ideas emerging from today’s up-and-coming businesses.”

Silicon Catalyst has created a unique ecosystem to provide critical support to semiconductor hardware startups, including tools and services from a comprehensive network of In-Kind Partners (IKPs) to dramatically reduce the cost of chip development. In its fifth year of operation, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed 300 early-stage companies and has now admitted a total of 26 startups into the incubator. These Portfolio Companies utilize IKP tools and services including design tools, simulation software, design services, foundry PDK access and MPW runs, test program development and tester access. Companies accepted into the incubator have two years of no-cost or significantly discounted access to these IKP tools and services during the incubation period. Additionally, the startups can tap into the world-class Silicon Catalyst network of advisors and investors.

“We are pleased to welcome Cirrus Logic as our newest Strategic Partner. Cirrus Logic’s strong history of innovation has established their leadership position in developing and delivering the world’s leading audio and voice ICs,” stated Nick Kepler, Silicon Catalyst COO. “As a Strategic Partner of our incubator, they will gain access to a rich ecosystem of innovation, with an emphasis on expanding their core audio, haptic, voice and real-time edge processing. Additionally, Cirrus Logic will be able to participate in guiding R&D direction, joint projects and market development for these new semiconductor companies. Equally important is the involvement that the companies in our incubator will have with Cirrus Logic to interact with a key industry participant and to explore market development opportunities for their innovative solutions.”

About Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS) is a leader in high-performance, low-power ICs for audio, voice and other signal-processing applications. Cirrus Logic’s products span the entire audio signal chain, from capture to playback, providing innovative products for the world’s top smartphones, tablets, digital headsets, wearables and emerging smart home applications. With headquarters in Austin, Texas, Cirrus Logic is recognized globally for its award-winning corporate culture. Check us out at

About Silicon Catalyst

It’s About What’s Next® - Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. Close to 300 startup companies have engaged with Silicon Catalyst since April 2015, with a total of 26 startup and early-stage companies admitted to the incubator. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping new semiconductor companies address the challenges in moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with a path to design tools, silicon devices, networking, access to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions.


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