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10 Hottest Semiconductor Companies To Watch In 2021

Dylan Martin

A look at some of the hottest chip startups and semiconductor giants in 2021 that are making big, bold moves and shaping the future of IT and beyond.

EdgeQ

EdgeQ is taking on Intel in the 5G infrastructure space with a new, AI-infused modem that can replace multiple components in a base station at the fraction of the cost. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup revealed its synonymous “base-station-on-a-chip” earlier this year, promising a 50 percent reduction in total cost of ownership for 5G base stations over competing offerings. The startup showed off the RISC-V-based chip after emerging out of stealth mode last November with $51 million in funding, and it has since added former Qualcomm CEO and Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs and former Qualcomm CTO Matt Grob as advisers. The EdgeQ chip can perform AI functions for edge computing applications while also using AI to improve network capabilities.

 
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