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Silicon Catalyst Welcomes 6 Newly Admitted Companies to Semiconductor Industry Incubator

Silicon Valley, CA., February 7, 2022 – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions, announces the admission of six companies into the semiconductor industry’s highly acclaimed incubation program.
The newly admitted companies include:
  • ApLife Biotech – Argentina “Becoming World Leaders in Discovery for Biosensors”
  • Lemurian Labs – Canada “Building a next-gen AI Accelerator to enable deep learning on the edge”
  • NanoHydro Chem – USA “Energy Storage Solutions”
  • RAAAM – Israel “Providing the highest-density embedded memory in any standard CMOS technology”
  • Siloxit – Singapore “Zero-touch security that works”
  • Synthara.AI – Switzerland “Delivering server-class, rapidly-customizable AI accelerators for the next-generation of edge inference applications”
The mission of Silicon Catalyst is to help semiconductor startups succeed. The ecosystem that Silicon Catalyst has created lowers the capital expenses associated with the design and fabrication of silicon-based IC’s, Sensors, and MEMS devices by providing tools and services from a comprehensive network of In-Kind Partners (IKPs). The Portfolio Companies in the incubator utilize IKP tools and services including design tools, simulation software, design services, foundry PDK access and MPW runs, test program development, tester access, and banking and legal services. The world-class Silicon Catalyst network of advisors and investors further facilitates their journey from idea through prototype toward volume production.
“This is a very exciting time to be in the semiconductor industry on a world-wide basis, especially as demonstrated by the innovative products being developed by these newly admitted companies to our incubator. We look forward to providing the support and expertise to enable their success in the market,” stated Pete Rodriguez, Silicon Catalyst CEO.
Aplife Biotech
Pablo Baron – CEO
“Becoming World Leaders in Discovery for Biosensors”
Aplife Biotech manufactures synthetic DNA-derived molecules and large combinatorial libraries in predefined locations for mass-screening of important biological molecules. Utilizing CMOS technology, we can unleash the full potential of digital diagnostic assays and transform molecular interactions into measurable signals. We offer APTIVEX, our high-throughput technology for the discovery of novel biosensing molecules for electrochemical devices.
Lemurian Labs
Jay Dawani  – CEO
“Building a next-gen AI Accelerator to enable deep learning on the edge”
At Lemurian, our goal is to make deep learning affordable and available for everyone, from the individual researcher to industry. The Lemurian SPU (Spatial Processing Unit) is more than an order of magnitude more efficient in terms of memory and power in comparison with legacy processors, whilst also being faster in inference. Our processor makes use of a novel digital arithmetic which has been designed specifically in order to speed up matrix-vector multiplications which largely make up modern deep neural networks, whilst also reducing hardware complexity. Our arithmetic and processor architecture results in tremendous power and memory savings, thereby making our processor more affordable and well suited to inference at the edge.
Parham Rohani, PhD – CEO
NanoHydroChem is an advanced materials company developing and commercializing nanomaterials for energy storage applications. The company is focused on silicon-dominant anode materials and Cobalt-free cathode materials leading to energy densities higher than 350 Wh/kg. The battery materials are highly scalable and drop-in, which accelerates the commercialization and adoption in the electric vehicle and other high-demand markets.
Robert Giterman – CEO
RAAAM offers the highest-density embedded memory in any standard CMOS process, requiring no additional process steps or cost. Our technology provides up-to 50% smaller memory footprint compared to the highest-density commercial solutions based on 6T SRAM. The RAAAM memory IP, offering a significant cost reduction, improved bandwidth, and reduced power consumption. Our patented technology has already been proven in silicon with multiple test-chips of leading semiconductor foundries (e.g.TSMC, Samsung, ST Micro) in a broad range of process nodes.
Harry Peterson – CEO
“Zero-touch security that works”
Siloxit was founded in 2020, focused on delivering IoT devices and systems for secure high-value, high-volume infrastructure applications. The company is developing the TingVet electrical grid-monitoring system and will deliver field-test units in the first half of 2022. These systems, which are powered by application-specific harvesters capturing ambient energy, are the first systems to offer no-touch configuration that includes both initialization and communication. These systems offer novel hardware support and communication protocols that implement unassailable security that does not require trusting third parties.
Manu V Nair, PhD – CEO
Synthara offers highly scalable and rapidly customizable energy-efficient AI accelerators for the extreme edge applications such hearing aids, wearables, bio-medical monitoring, AR/VR and others. Our goal is to enable the next generation of edge devices that are an order of magnitude smarter than they are today. Our Adaptiva product is a neural network accelerator that delivers between 10 to 100 TOp/s/W of energy efficiency. We seek to enable the next generations of smart edge devices.
About Silicon Catalyst
It’s About What’s Next® – Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon (including IP, MEMS & sensors), building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. More than 600 startup companies worldwide have engaged with Silicon Catalyst and we have admitted 46 exciting companies. Silicon Power Technology, our Chengdu Joint Venture, has admitted 35 additional startups in China. 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. Silicon Catalyst has been named the Semiconductor Review’s 2021 Top-10 Solutions Company award winner.
The Silicon Catalyst Angels was established in July 2019 as a separate organization to provide access to seed and Series A funding for Silicon Catalyst portfolio companies.
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