Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on innovative industry 4.0 solutions. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising chiplet startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Chiplet Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of semiconductor technology. For this research, we identified 32 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative chiplet solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 32 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Ayar Labs – Data Transmission Chiplet
Technology advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G allow for transmitting more data over networks than ever before. The hardware that supports networks limits the transmission of high volumes of data and at faster speeds. Startups are developing chiplets that are more efficient and cost-effective to keep up with the demands of telecommunication and networking.
The US-based startup Ayar Labs is a developer of optical input/output (I/O) chiplets for high-speed transmission applications. The startup’s product TeraPHY is a monolithic in-package optical I/O that contains photonic and electronic elements. This allows it to support bandwidths at less than 5 pJ/b, up to 2km, while driving terabytes of data.
AnalogX – Artificial Intelligence (AI) Processing Chiplet
AI is driving innovation in numerous industries such as automotive, logistics, defense, and robotics. However, AI is currently limited by its hardware since transmission protocols achieve greater data transfer speeds compared to modern system architectures. Chiplet developers are creating internet protocol (IP) solutions that aim to fully maximize the transmission of data while maintaining power efficiency.
Canadian startup AnalogX specializes in the creation of ultra-low-power interface IP. The startup’s chiplet system is designed for next-generation AI processors. The solution enables interface IP’s to reduce power consumption while increasing the speed and volume of data transfer.
NHanced Semiconductors – Chiplet Design
The goal of chiplets is to reduce the time taken for product development and to also reduce its associated costs. Besides, chiplets are still not widely in use due to insufficient research, and also the lack of packaging equipment to manufacture dies. This drives emerging semiconductor companies to develop compact solutions that enable wider adoption of chiplets.
The US-based startup NHanced Semiconductors is focusing on the research and development (R&D) of advanced packaging and semiconductor design. Apart from manufacturing chiplets, the startup also provides solutions for 3D integrated circuits (IC), silicon interposers, and photonics. NHanced Semiconductors are further capable of utilizing over 70 elements in their fabrication works.
zGlue – Chip Building Software
Increasing R&D into chiplets helps tackle its low rate of adoption, and removes the primary barrier of entry for the technology. The use of software to help design complex chips, through an intuitive user interface (UI), creates an environment that encourages the adoption of chiplets.
The US-based scaleup zGlue creates a software platform for customizing chips. The online tool ChipBuilder allows users to design complex heterogeneous chips through an intuitive process. ChipBuilder features floor planning, schematic capture, layout, and configuration of embedded IPs. The online software also contains a chiplet library for the purposes of analysis and running simulations.
X-Celeprint – Microscale Chiplets
Another major trend in semiconductor technology involves R&D efforts to miniaturize the technology. This creates challenges such as balancing the size-to-performance ratio, maintaining the cost-effectiveness of products, and more importantly, having a reliable manufacturing process for both small and large-scale chiplets.
The US-based scaleup X-Celeprint is developing and licensing its patented micro-transfer-printing technology. This printing process handles the process of printing and transferring arrays of thin microchips. The chips transferred to wafers or substrates are then interconnected using copper redistribution layers and z-dimension for wafer-level integration. The entire process achieves higher efficiency and improves upon conventional monolithic integration.
What About The Other 27 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence and enable you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 chiplet solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 32 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.