Analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow in 2017: Page 3 of 4

January 03, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
We have revamped our list of analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow. For 2017 we've kept the length of the list at 16 companies although the number of candidate startups seems to be increasing.

Intento Design SA (Paris, France), an EDA company founded in spring 2015 by Farakh Javid, chief technology officer, provides analog and mixed-signal circuits as IP that can automatically scaled for performance and migrated between manufacturing processes. www.intento-design.com

MEMS Drive Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.), founded in 2014, develops, manufactures and markets MEMS actuators with a particular target application in mobile imaging where its fast responding devices can be used for optical image stabilization (OIS) for smartphone cameras. In 2016 the company raised $11 million in a Series B funding round led by Walden International. www.memsdrive.com

(see Walden backs MEMS actuator startup).

Menlo Micro Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) was formed in 2016 to bring General Electric’s power handling MEMS microswitch technology to market. The ability to handle up to kilowatts of power enables applications in battery management, home-automation, electric vehicles, medical instrumentation, and wireless base stations, the company claims. www.menlomicro.com

(See GE spins out MEMS startup: wants cheaper power switches).

NextInput Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), founded in 2012, is a spin-off from Georgia Institute of Technology to commercialize a pressure-sensitive method of interfacing with electronics devices. It works with multiple sensors placed under a display surface and offers a better solution than capacitive touch, the company claims. The company gained a CEO and a substantial Series A round of funding in 2015. www.nextinput.com

(See China's GoerTek, Intel back force-sensor startup)

NuVolta Technologies Inc. (Milpitas, CA), a wireless power chip company startup that already has a number of successful chip designs under its belt, is now working with smartphone companies for the launch of custom chips in 2017. The company was founded in 2014 by a team of six engineers, of which many came from Texas Instruments. www.nuvoltatech.com

(See Wireless power startup preps smartphone entry).

Sensifree Ltd. (Petah-Tikva, Israel and Cupertino, Calif.) is a developer of an RF-based low power biomedical sensor, The RF sensor detects movement in the arterial wall to detect pulse and blood volume and can collect a range of continuous biometric data without the need to touch the human body. Sensifree was founded in 2012 and completed a $5 million round of Series A financing in 2016. www.sensifree.com

(See Biometric sensor startup raises $5 million).

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