Silicon Valley, CA (December 18, 2019) – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, announces the admission of five additional companies into the semiconductor industry’s highly acclaimed program. The newly admitted companies include:
- Beam Semiconductor
- MicroHorn™ 60/28 GHz Phased Array Transceiver Technology
- Offices in Rehovot, Israel and Toronto, Canada
- Digital Light
- High-speed Dynamic Light Field Sensors for the Age of AI
- Offices in Silicon Valley
- Dover Microsystems
- Delivering CoreGuard® technology, the only cybersecurity solution for embedded systems that prevents the exploitation of software vulnerabilities
- Offices in Waltham, Massachusetts
- Advanced SigmaDrive™ concurrent drive and sense technology for everything
- Offices in Austin, Texas
- Enabling Battery-free IoT with HarvestAll™ power management technology
- Offices in Wales, United Kingdom
Rick Lazansky, Chairman and co-founder of Silicon Catalyst
“I’m very excited to see five amazing companies admitted in Silicon Catalyst’s 10th cohort. They are building entirely different products and each has taken a very novel approach to solving a big problem in their respective markets. That’s why we created Silicon Catalyst - to help breakout companies at the frontier of innovation. The first impression of true innovation is sometimes one of incredulity or even incongruity. That’s been a hallmark of Silicon Catalyst startups to date. It continues with these new companies, and we should all expect great things from each.”
Tim Frasier, Regional President, Automotive Electronics, Bosch North America
“Silicon Catalyst has established a dedicated and strong ecosystem for the development of new semiconductor solutions, addressing the needs of early-stage semiconductor companies for the development of their innovative product. As a Strategic Partner, Bosch was pleased to host the Fall 2019 Final Screening for applicants to the Silicon Catalyst Incubator at our facility in Silicon Valley. The diversity and caliber of these newly selected companies is impressive and a testament to the value that is uniquely offered by Silicon Catalyst.”
New Portfolio Companies in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator - Fall 2019
Stacy Joseph, CEO
Beam Semiconductor has developed innovative millimeter wave RF silicon and unique antenna technology to address demanding 5G wireless infrastructure applications such as cellular backhaul, fiber extension and broadband / fixed wireless access last mile. Beam’s 60 GHz and 28 GHz transceiver technology utilizes analog beam-steering RF electronics that allow the antenna to automatically shape and steer the beam to eliminate manual positioning. Beam’s patented MicroHorn™ phased array antenna integrates complex 3D internal structures, forming a buried waveguide architecture that ‘squeezes’ the energy through it (much like a trumpet / horn) which provides power, gain and tremendous instantaneous bandwidth. The focus for Beam has been to combine the RF circuits and antenna into a cohesive scalable module solution for wireless OEMs and wireless system providers. Beam is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel and has venture investor backing in Canada, Japan and the United States.
Digital Light is a stealth-mode semiconductor company, building the definitive first link in the autonomous vehicle value chain. An executive team that combines over sixty years of experience working with hardware and a track record for delivering complex products in high volume manufacturing, is bringing their expertise to bear on optical sensing market. Existing solutions are delivering a prohibitively expensive sensor ecosystem that provides sub-optimal data inputs, leaving the perception modules struggling to make sense of low signal-to-noise ratio information. As a result, there is a recognition that autonomy will be not be possible without an exponential increase to the efficacy of data inputs. Digital Light is solving this problem through the development of an Active Light Field Camera, a hardware/software stack providing a 1000x improvement to the signal-to-noise ratio, at a speed and cost that are enabling deployment.
Jothy Rosenberg, Founder & CEO
Dover Microsystems is the first company to bring real security, safety, and privacy enforcement to silicon. Dover's patented CoreGuard technology is the only solution for embedded systems that prevents the exploitation of software vulnerabilities and immunizes processors against entire classes of network-based cyberattacks. Traditional cybersecurity solutions are vulnerable to attack because they are based in software and all complex software contains up to 50 bugs per thousand lines of code, including cybersecurity software. Dover embeds security at the lowest possible level-in the silicon - because silicon cannot be subverted over the network. CoreGuard integrates with all RISC architectures to monitor every instruction executed to ensure it complies with a defined set of security, safety, and privacy rules. If an instruction violates a rule, CoreGuard stops it from executing before any damage can be done. As a result, CoreGuard can protect against 94% of known software vulnerabilities, including 100% of buffer overflow, code injection, and data exfiltration attacks.
Rick Seger, CEO
SigmaSense, the global leader in touch sensing performance, is changing the world of traditional analog sensing solutions with a new advanced digital approach. We are pioneering a comprehensive sensing technology that delivers an order of magnitude improved performance that was previously not possible. SigmaVision™ capacitive imaging technology provides both touch and object detection on or in proximity to the sensing surface, thus enabling a new generation of perceptive devices that are interactive and engaging. Products that utilize sensing surfaces ranging in size from small wearables to surfaces larger than 100 inches can now adopt a superior sensing experience that reduces costs and lowers design risk. Headquartered in Austin, TX, SigmaSense provides semiconductor and board level products with development tools and support.
Trameto is a UK-based fabless semiconductor company whose products will enable the elimination of batteries from the many interconnected smart sensors and wireless devices which can communicate with each other in the Industrial Internet of Things. The company is addressing opportunities in markets such as infrastructure monitoring, asset tracking, smart buildings, defense, transportation and smart metering. Trameto has recently become one of fewer than 3% of recent applicants for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding programme, to be awarded Phase 2 grant funding. The €3,000,000 project will accelerate development of Trameto’s HarvestAll® power management integrated circuits (PMICs) to make energy harvesting viable in a multitude of new applications. Their functionality is not currently available anywhere else.