InsideChips Is Changing Its Content Strategy and Business Model...Stay Tuned For Further Developments!
InsideChips is migrating its content and business model over the
coming months to become a consultative marketing know-how service focused on helping high-tech firms achieve sales growth
and profit targets by using winning strategic and tactical marketing techniques. The new service
will also have a marketing training component to it to teach recent college graduates and newcomers to the high-tech industry how to market high-tech products. The service will be
aimed at firms which make high-tech electronic components and other high-tech
products/services. Stay tuned while the site content undergoes a revamp in the next
The marketing know-how articles and reports will be presented from an insider's
viewpoint based on industry experience. It will be supplemented with a
management and marketing consulting service focusing on high-tech marketing
Company reports and profiles will continue to be featured on the site.
Semiconductor startups are the creative engines which drive the electronics
industry because they develop state-of-the-art integrated circuits for next
generation products and set the pace for high-tech innovation.
The new pricing has not been finalized yet but it will be in the $500 to
$750 per year range (no monthly plans). During the interim phase over
period, we will continue to accept monthly subscriptions ($27/month, cancel any
time) for those who wish to view our archive content and our Download Library.
The "Chip Legends" project summarizes the pursuits of captains of the silicon
industry, as well as other luminaries, gurus and personalities who were
instrumental in shaping the early days of the semiconductor industry in Silicon
Valley and beyond. Click on the picture for additional historical information.
While you are browsing, take InsideChips' semiconductor
Zenverge Zenverge founders, Amir Mobini and Tony Masterson, honed up on their MPEG technology prowess with startup iCompression (founded 1996) and later at Globespan which acquired the startup in May 2000 for $400 million -- just as the tech boom was peaking. Working together for 14 years, they were developing MPEG encoding products which became a hot tech subject in the late 1980s . . . Continue
Redpine Signals Founded in 2001, Redpine Signals distinguished itself in the semiconductor startup community as a classic case of how to succeed and prosper without taking VC money. The initial seed funding came from the founders, family and friends. There are just a handful of chip makers which bootstrapped their growth . . . Continue
Fresco Microchip Founded in 2004, Fresco Microchip was created to address the changes that are occurring in the digital television market. The world's broadcast industry is rapidly evolving from analog to digital broadcasting and this initiates the need for universal recep . . . Continue
Kilopass Technology Kilopass Technology was founded in Feb. 2001 to develop and market advanced non-volatile memory (NVM) technology, manufactured in standard commercial CMOS logic processes. Kilopass developed fundamental patents for anti-fuse technology. It has 54 patents granted or pending on 1T, 2T, and 3.5T bit cell technologies. Its bit cell architecture is compatible with standard CMOS logic, has the same reliability as the foundry's process, scales easily with the process technology, and reduces overall SoC product cost. . . . Continue
Glacier Microelectronics A relatively quiet startup up to now, Glacier Microelectronics, is starting to be noticed on the radar screen as it begins to market its synthesizer IC family of products. . . . Continue
Tabula The FPGA market is difficult crack since the industry leaders, Altera and Xilinx, have well-entrenched positions -- making it particularly difficult for startups to make headway. A new FPGA company, Tabula, recently emerged from stealth mode to take on the FPGA giants with a new architecture dubbed "Spacetime." The company even took cues from Albert Einstein's space-time cones to construct its logo with the orange cones. In its coming out road show, the company unveiled its ABAX family of 40nm-based 3PLDs. . . . Continue
IO Semiconductor IO Semiconductor (IOsemi) is a San Diego, Calif. based fabless semiconductor startup that is focused on applying new technologies to RF devices for the cellular industry using what it calls its ZEROcapTM CMOS Technology. . . . Continue
Linear Signal Linear Signal is an early-stage fabless semiconductor startup pioneering an ultra low-cost beamforming RFIC technology. The roots of the company go back to September 2007 when IPTV veterans began exploring business opportunities with a focus on aiding large edge IP network operators, such as apartment buildings, hospitals and motels effectively become their own cable/telecom providers. . . . Continue
SiTune SiTune, a fabless chip startup based in Silicon Valley, bills itself as the "All in-one Solution for Mobile Internet and Entertainment." Founded in September 2006, the company's stated goal is to is to become . . . Continue
Xelerated AB Swedish fabless startup Xelerated AB (formerly Xelerated Packet Devices AB) is among the roster of surviving startups in the once-crowded network processor space. Founded in August 2000, the company began focusing on early deployment of 40-Gbps solutions for manufacturers of high-capacity edge and core networking equipment. . . . Continue
Unity Semiconductor Unity Semiconductor appeared on the Silicon Valley startup scene in 2002 with the mission to develop the smallest die-size and the lowest manufacturing cost per bit for its initial targeted market -- NAND Flash, one of the largest and most important segments of the semiconductor industry today. . . . Continue
Geo Semiconductor Geo Semiconductor was officially formed in May 2009 as a fabless chip company through the acquisition of major IC business lines and key pieces of the IP portfolio of Silicon Optix, including the Realta and the Geo ICs, patents, inventory, software, development systems, customers and brands. . . . Continue
Managing Open Source Licensing for Semiconductors Software is a massive enabler for the semiconductor industry. Drivers, real-time operating systems (RTOS), software development kits (SDKs), networking & security, administration, media formatting & compression, and of course an endless list of applications. The semiconductor industry now spends more on software development than on all other R&D aspects. But how do developers build all of this software at a reasonable cost? . . . Continue
Semiconductor Innovation in an Investment Constrained Economy The current innovation climate in the semiconductor industry is alive and well but entrepreneurs have to adjust to the realities of the current economic situation and investment trends. The world's governmental economic development agencies have always looked at Silicon Valley with envy and paid big money to try to find the key which would unlock the secrets . . . Continue
Managing the Startup Marcom Program From a management viewpoint, one of the biggest dilemmas of startup technology-based companies, which are relatively small and with limited resources, is how to get their names spread throughout the electronics community. Especially in the case of semiconductor startups with limited budgets, to do so sometimes requires guerrilla tactics. But one of the pitfalls for engineers who start up a company is the notion that if they build a better mousetrap, the world will come and beat down their door to buy their product or service. . . . Continue
Map Out Your Standards Strategy Should you be chasing standards with your chips or playing the proprietary game? This question goes to the heart of your company business plan, and you need a well defined answer. . . . Continue