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The 10 Hottest Semiconductor Startups Of 2021 (So Far)

Dylan Martin

These startups are taking on semiconductor heavyweights like Intel and Nvidia with new kinds of silicon solutions for compute, storage and networking, many of which are headed for the data center.

EdgeQ

Top Executive: Vinay Ravuri, CEO

EdgeQ is taking on Intel and other players 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 solutions. 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 advisors. The EdgeQ chip can perform AI functions for edge computing applications while also using AI to improve network capabilities.

 
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Dylan Martin

Dylan Martin is a senior editor at CRN covering the semiconductor, PC, mobile device, and IoT beats. He has distinguished his coverage of the semiconductor industry thanks to insightful interviews with CEOs and top executives; scoops and exclusives about product, strategy and personnel changes; and analyses that dig into the why behind the news.   He can be reached at dmartin@thechannelcompany.com.

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