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Silicon Catalyst Announces Three Newly Admitted Companies to Semiconductor Incubator


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Silicon Valley, California, and London, England - January 8, 2024 - Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions, announces the admission of 3 companies into the semiconductor industry’s highly acclaimed program.

The newly admitted companies include:

Embedded infrared lighting solutions

Nano-imprintable high index optical materials

Accelerating & protecting compute-intensive applications

“Silicon Catalyst had a very strong group of applicants during this just completed Fall Screening cycle,” said Nick Kepler, Chief Operating Officer at Silicon Catalyst. “With each cohort, we seek to attract companies with breakthrough innovations in semiconductors, materials, sensors, and MEMS. The diversity of this group is exciting, and well aligned with our mission to serve the business and technical needs of start-ups looking to radically change the industry landscape with their innovations.”

Silicon Catalyst has developed an unparalleled support ecosystem for its semiconductor start-ups, providing a strong network of Strategic Partners, technical and business advisors, investors and industry professionals who help companies to launch and scale in the market. In addition, the incubator’s In-Kind Partners provide privileged access to services, expertise, and intellectual property that can help commercialize their companies’ technological innovation.

The Silicon Catalyst Incubator is currently accepting applications to the 24-month program.

The application deadline is January 12th, 2024.


New Portfolio Company Details:


CEO: Matthias Imboden

4K-MEMS SA is developing game-changing micro NIR/SWIR sources for machine vision, hyperspectral imaging, and embedded spectroscopy. Covering the 0.8-to-5 micro wavelength range, these emitters are designed for deep integration into embedded analysis modules, meeting the growing demand for high-quality broadband infrared sources. Founded on the principle that technology should be elegant and accessible, the 4K-MEMS emitters enable chip-scale infrared analysis that will revolutionize markets including individualized food quality analysis, personalized health monitoring, and machine vision.


CEO: Omid Sadeghi
UV-curable metal oxide thin films

Phosio is developing UV-curable metal oxide thin films, allowing deposition at ultra-low temperatures (as low as 150°C) - a significant improvement over sol-gel methods. PhosioLux® products are compatible with various solution-based deposition techniques, such as spin coating, slot die coating, and ink jetting, enabling rapid deposition at a lower cost compared to vapor deposition methods. PhosioLux® products can be patterned with direct UV exposure or techniques like nanoimprint lithography. This platform technology finds applications in transistors, OLEDs, MicroLED, and AR/VR devices.


CEO: Russell Haggar

VyperCore is a fabless RISC-V processor startup whose ground- breaking compute technology both accelerates and secures existing software applications. VyperCore's processor incorporates its proprietary hardware memory allocation management technology that allows existing applications to be deployed without code rewrites, achieving gate-level security against cyberattack vectors and major performance boosts without trade-off. This fundamental remodeling of processor memory management secures and accelerates all managed-language software, such as Python and C#, by between x2 and x10. It easily accelerates lower-level languages (C, C++) by at least 50-100%. VyperCore’s technology lets production code be accelerated without any code changes, and can be incorporated not only into RISC-V but also all other leading processor architectures.

About Silicon Catalyst

"it’s about what’s next®”

Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions, built on a comprehensive coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. More than 1000 startup companies worldwide have engaged with Silicon Catalyst and the company has admitted over 100 exciting companies. 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 access to design tools, silicon devices, networking, and a path to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions. Over the past eight years, the Silicon Catalyst model has proven to dramatically accelerate a startup’s trajectory while at the same time de-risking the equation for investors. Silicon Catalyst has been named the Semiconductor Review’s 2021 Top-10 Solutions Company award winner.

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. SiliconCatalyst.UK. a subsidiary of Silicon Catalyst, was selected by the UK government to manage ChipStart UK, an early-stage semiconductor incubator funded by the UK government.

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Link to Press Release