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Christian Prusia and Carl Ruggiero, veterans of Pixelworks and Infocus, founded Enuclia Semiconductor in 2003 to develop “a revolutionary, in- telligent technology that delivers unpar- alleled image quality and cost savings to the leading manufacturers of inte- grated, digital televisions.” Capybara Ventures provided seed funding. The company recently secured $5.3 million in Series A financing co-led by Sevin Rosen Funds and BA Venture Partners.
Enuclia is developing ICs targeting the convergence of digital television and flat panel displays. The company’sVid- eo Path Optimization Engine will al- low television manufacturers to produce a broad platform of flat panel display products “with unprecedented cost savings and uncompromised im- age quality.”
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Horizon Semi was formed to develop ICs for the consumer telecom and the home entertainment markets. The com- pany recently raised $16 million in a financing led by Jerusalem Venture Partners and including Giza Venture Capital, HitachiVentures and CSKVen- ture Capital. The company raised $5
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million from HitachiVentures and CSK last year. According to the JVP web site, Horizon is developing semicon- ductors for H.264 video compression. This would be a logical progression, given that the founders previously de- veloped MPEG-2 encoder chips while at VisionTech.
Amir Morad, Chairman and CEO (pre- viously the president of VisionTech (see 4/98 issue), a MPEG-2 encoder startup that was acquired by Broad- com in late 2000)
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semiconductor solutions enabling high performance metro optical networks.” The core engineering team hails from Digital, Tocan and PMC-Sierra, which acquired Toucan roughly five years ago. Approximately 15 months ago, PMC- Sierra closed its satellite Ireland engi- neering office whereupon the Old Toucan team spent six months search- ing for product ideas.
Lightstorm raised seed funding from the founders, Enterprise Ireland and the Western Development Commission, and secured $6.5M in Series A fund- ing from Trinity Venture Capital and Delta Partners. Additional capital will be sought in Q3’05. The company has 23 employees, and has design centers in Galway and Dublin, Ireland and a sales and marketing center in Danville, California.
Kovia was founded as Nanotectonica several years ago to develop “semicon- ductor products using printed electron- ics.” The company has received funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufied & By- ers, Jeruseleum Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mitsui & Co.Venture Partners, FlagshipVentures and Duff Ackerman & Goodrich.
The company would not disclose any information; however, we believe it is developing a new semiconductor man- ufacturing technology based on nano- particle inks and proprietary printing methods.
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Lightstorm is developing a range of chips for the multi-service access net- work. The chips will integrate new stan- dards such as Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), Virtual Concatena- tion (VC), Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS) and MPLS to enable service providers to deliver new servic- es such as EthernetVirtual Private Line and Ethernet Virtual Private LAN. The devices will also integrate QoS func- tionality, bridging and switching and GigE ports.
Its technology will provide systems manufacturers with the functionality to meet today’s requirements for point-to- point packet transport over the optical network while having the flexibility to meet tomorrow’s requirement for mul- tipoint to multipoint connectivity. The company argues that its solutions will be the most highly integrated and low- est power available.
Lightstorm was formed in late 2003 to be “a provider of highly integrated
A foundry partner has not been select- ed; however, given the need for high- speed SerDes, the company views LSI Logic as a likely candidate. Samples are anticipated in Q4’05.
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