Kilopass was founded back in 2001 by Jack Peng, whose background was in FPGAs with his most recent position being manager of technology development at Actel (now part of Microsemi). The idea was to build a company making one-time-programmable (OTP) memories using anti-fuse technology. Fuses in home-wiring (OK, I know, we all … Read More
One thing to point out is that the CLK of CLKDA are the initials of the founders, they are not focused on clocks! I’m sure you can guess what DA stands for, although it is also the last two letters of the fourth founder’s name.
They have been in existence since 2005, backed by Atlas Ventures and Morgenthaler. They are headquartered… Read More
Quicklogic was founded in 1988 as a fables semiconductor company supplying anti-fuse devices. In fact VLSI Technology, where I was working at the time, was their foundry.
Although today anti-fuse is often used as a generic word for one-time-programmability, the origins of the name are grounded in reality. In a fuse, like the things… Read More
In 2002, MunEDA was launched under the guidance of EDA academic veterans and IEEE fellows Prof. Kurt Antreich and Prof. Helmut Gräb (TUM Munich Technical University ) which represented 20 plus years of EDA research and experience. All MunEDA tools are combined in a tool suite called WiCkeD[SUP]TM[/SUP]. The tool suite brand was… Read More
Atmel was founded in 1984. The name stands for “advanced technology for memory and logic” although initially the focus was on memory. George Perlegos the founder had worked in the memory group of Intel back when Intel was a memory company and not a microprocessor company although that didn’t stop Intel suing… Read More
I came across an interesting article by Will Strauss which is pretty much the history of DSP in communication chips. Having lived through the early part of the history while I was at VLSI Technology I found it especially interesting.
At VSLI, our first GSM (2G, i.e. digital not analog air interface) was a 5-chip chipset. The DSP functionality… Read More
The history of TSMC and its Open Innovation Platform (OIP) is, like almost everything in semiconductors, driven by the economics of semiconductor manufacturing. Of course ICs started 50 years ago at Fairchild (very close to where Google is headquartered today, these things go in circles). The planarization approach, whereby… Read More