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What’s Silicon Valley without the Silicon?

Monday, November 18th, 2013


Angel Orrantia
Business Development Director
SKTA Innopartners LLC


SKTA Innopartners director Angel Orrantia spoke with the San Jose Mercury’s Peter Delevett on why Silicon Valley’s VC community has to start investing again in hardware.

Sure, as Orrantia infers, hardware is tougher (and will probably take longer) to get an exit out of.   But hardware is how electronics ultimately works with its human users.   So funding the hardware ecosystem in, say semiconductors, is absolutely crucial to Silicon Valley’s continued role as the mecca for high tech innovation.

That’s why Orrantia says it’s time to put the silicon back in Silicon Valley.

Read the article here.




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How to become venturable

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013


Are you thinking of starting a hardware company?  Although it takes a lot more for a hardware startup to become “venturable” than a software startup, viable funding can be found.

Ilgiz Akhmetshin, of SKTA Innopartners details several ways for hardware startups to raise additional funds in his blog:  “How to Raise Seed Investments for a Hardware Startup.”





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Granularity and complexity in low power verification

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013



Cary Chin, Director of Technical Marketing at Synopsys, has an intriguing take on how to approach verification now that the mandate for design project managers is to meet the low power requirement of the target end-product.   Chin says that if we look at verification in terms of fine and broad “granularity,” users will meet their verification goals with a lot less angst and anguish.    However, at first glance,  I had no idea what Chin was talking about…which is why we asked him to join us and talk about this idea.


Ed: Cary,  you’ve been recently talking about granularity in verification, especially in terms of low power.  What does this all mean?  

Cary:  When I think of granularity in low power design, I’m thinking about the size of the “chunks” that we manipulate to improve the energy efficiency (or “low power performance”) of a design.  For example, in most of today’s low power methodologies, large functional blocks are the boundaries we work within – we can shut down these blocks or manipulate the voltage to save energy when peak performance isn’t required.  This boundary level isn’t just a matter of convenience; our tools and methodologies for both implementation and verification can only deal with certain levels of complexity, so we are confined in many dimensions in how we can pursue finer granularity.


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