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The 10 Hottest Semiconductor Startup Companies Of 2021
These semiconductor startups are offering novel ways to improve the performance, efficiency, economics and bandwidth of servers and beyond with new takes on CPUs, accelerators and connectivity solutions.
Top Executive: Patrick Little, CEO
SiFive is providing an open-source alternative to Arm’s CPU design business with core designs and custom silicon solutions for AI, high-performance computing and other growing markets based on the open and free RISC-V instruction set architecture. The San Mateo, Calif.-based startup recently said it has more than 300 design wins with over 100 customers, including eight of the top 10 semiconductor companies. The startup has reportedly received takeover interest from multiple parties, including Intel, which had offered $2 billion to acquire the startup before discussions ended. Before the reported takeover interest, SiFive announced that Intel’s new foundry business, Intel Foundry Services, will manufacture processors using SiFive’s processor designs. Last August, the startup raised a $61 million Series E funding round led by SK Hynix, with participation from several other investors, including Western Digital Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Intel Capital.