Jan 5, 2012. VBeat -- SuVolta, a chip startup that says it can cut power consumption by 50 to 90 percent when coupled with other techniques for lowering voltage said today it has raises $17.6 million in a new round of funding.
“Power is now the biggest design constraint for electronic products,” he[Bruce McWilliams, president and chief executive at SuVolta] said. “This funding demonstrates the excitement surrounding our technology which dramatically reduces power consumption in ICs.”
Intel announced Tri-Gate earlier this year and said it will use 3D structures to pack more (FinFET) transistors into a given space, cutting power consumption by 50 percent and improving performance by 37 percent.
Two additional points from the article:
- the startup's business model is IP licensing;
- VC investment in semiconductors is down dramatically since 1999.
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