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NI and Silicon Catalyst Partner to Empower Startup Company Innovations

Daniel Nenni

Staff member
Silicon Valley, CA and Austin, TX, December 8, 2021 – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions announced today that NI is now a member of its In-Kind Partner (IKP) ecosystem. NI (NASDAQ: NATI) is a leading provider of software-centric automated semiconductor test solutions.

With over 40 years of experience developing automated test and measurement systems, NI’s goal has always been to help engineers solve the world’s toughest challenges. Within the semiconductor community, NI offers industry-leading, software-centric solutions for RFIC and mixed signal testing, from the lab to manufacturing. Companies in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator will gain unique access to NI’s high-performance test hardware, software, and expertise.

“At NI, we’re passionate about helping engineering teams innovate on technology while reducing time to market", said Ritu Favre, Executive Vice President and General Manager of NI. "We're excited to partner with Silicon catalyst's innovative community to tackle new measurement challenges created by cutting-edge technologies."

Silicon Catalyst has created a unique ecosystem to provide critical support to semiconductor hardware startups as they move from idea through prototype to initial product. In its seventh year of operation, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 600 early-stage companies and has admitted 42 startups into the incubator with an additional 29 startups in Silicon Power Technology it’s Chengdu Joint Venture. These Portfolio Companies have access to tools and services from a comprehensive network of In-Kind Partners (IKPs) including design tools, simulation software, design services, foundry PDK access and MPW runs, test program development and tester access, dramatically reducing the cost of chip development. Additionally, the startups tap into the world-class Silicon Catalyst network of advisors and investors.

“For over six years, Silicon Catalyst has equipped startup companies in the semiconductor industry with tools and services to launch new, innovative technologies. Having NI join our comprehensive ecosystem of In-Kind Partners further enables Silicon Catalyst’s mission to empower new semiconductor companies and find creative solutions to tackle industry challenges,” stated Tarun Verma, Managing Partner at Silicon Catalyst.

About NI

At NI, we bring together the people, ideas and technology so forward thinkers and creative problem solvers can take on humanity’s biggest challenges. From data and automation to research and validation, we provide the tailored, software-connected systems engineers and enterprises need to Engineer Ambitiously™ every day. More information at

About Silicon Catalyst

It’s About What’s Next® - Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon (including IP, MEMS & sensors), building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. More than 600 startup companies worldwide have engaged with Silicon Catalyst and we have admitted 42 exciting companies. Silicon Power Technology, our Chengdu Joint Venture, has admitted 29 additional startups in China. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping new semiconductor companies address the challenges in moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with a path to design tools, silicon devices, networking, access to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions. The Silicon Catalyst Angels was established in July 2019 as a separate organization to provide access to seed and Series A funding for Silicon Catalyst portfolio companies.

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Silicon Catalyst Richard Curtin, Managing Partner

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