Early Stage Portfolio

Ambiq Micro

Fabless Semiconductors

Ambiq Micro products are redefining the meaning of ultra-low power integrated circuits. The company’s proprietary SPOT™ design platform dramatically reduces energy consumed in standard CMOS chip designs to subthreshold levels – up to orders of magnitude below the power required in today’s traditional semiconductor product designs. Significantly increased battery life frees product designers to expand the features and functions incorporated in their products and exceed battery life requirements. Ambiq Micro’s products inherently change the design and use of energy critical products used in consumer, industrial, automotive and medical applications. Go to www.ambiqmicro.com for additional information about the company, technology and its products.

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Black Sand Technologies

Mobile handset CMOS power amplifier chip designer

Black Sand Technologies, Inc., is a fabless semiconductor company dedicated to building solutions for the wireless industry by combining sensitive analog and powerful digital circuits in silicon.

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Calxeda

Power efficient server chips

Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area.

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Draker

PV solar performance management

Since 1999, Draker has led the industry with innovative monitoring, management and control solutions for commercial and utility-scale PV systems. Draker’s products and services allow PV developers, owners and operators to predict, measure, monitor, manage, optimize and control their solar assets to increase yield and maximize profitability. Draker’s complete panel-to-grid (P2G) solutions include data acquisition and control hardware, Clarity™ DC analytics, Intelligent Array™ software, and a wide range of project and field-based services.

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Nitero

Next generation WiFi (60 GHz WiGig) chips

Nitero is a fabless semiconductor company with offices in Austin, Texas and Melbourne Australia. We are designing an ultra-low power 60 GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi solution that performs at speeds up to 10X faster than even the very latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions - all that with close to zero latency.

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OpenIncubate

Accelerator program to fund teams using open source IP to transform the IT infrastructure layer

OpenIncubate was formed by venture investors, tech industry leaders, and academic advisors in key technology hubs around the world to fund and foster innovative companies using open source to transform the IT infrastructure layer. Founding investors are Austin Ventures, Battery Ventures and The Valley Fund, located in the program’s first 3 hubs:  Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; and Menlo Park, California. Advisors include Open Compute Foundation’s Cole Crawford, Capital Factory’s Joshua Baer and Akamai’s Mike Afergan. Teams are admitted and funded on a rolling basis throughout the year.

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VeriSilicon

Semiconductor IP, design services, and turnkey manufacturing

Founded in 2002, VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. ("VeriSilicon") is a fast growing IC (integrated circuit) design foundry providing custom silicon solutions and SoC (System-on-A-Chip) turnkey services.

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