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

Sol Chip Ltd. (Haifa, Israel), founded in 2009, has developed a chip scale photovoltaic energy harvester which can provide voltages at between 0.75V and 9V useful for autonomous low-power electronic systems. The PV cell can produce 3.3-milliwatts in full daylight and up to 20-microwatts under office lighting. www.sol-chip.com

(See Solar-powered wireless tag works in the fields)

Telink Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China) – founded in 2010 – is a fabless chip company that focuses on RF and mixed-signal circuits for IoT and smart home applications. The company received venture capital backing from Intel in 2015. www.telink-semi.com

(See China's Telink partners with Ixys for IoT)

Unispectral Ltd. (Ramat Gan, Israel) is a company founded in 2016 to commercialize image sensor technology developed at Tel Aviv University. It's hyperspectral technology can distinguish material properties in solids, liquids and gases and allows spectrometric analysis of materials such as food stuffs and can also capture images in low-light. Jerusalem Venture Partners  (JVP), Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), Samsung Catalyst Fund and The Tel Aviv University Technology Innovation Momentum Fund contributed to a $7.5 million Series A round of funding in 2016. www.unispectral.com

(See Hyperspectral startup raises $7.5 million).

USound GmbH (Graz, Austria), formed in 2014, has developed a piezoelectric MEMS platform for the creation of MEMS microspeakers. The intent is get this micro-speakers designed on to smartphone motherboards and in next-generation in-ear headphones. www.usound.com

(See Austria hosts MEMS speaker startup).

Vesper Technologies Inc. (Boston, Mass), founded in 2009, is a developer of piezoelectric MEMS microphones. The company closed a Series A round of funding of $15 million in 2016. Investors included Amazon's Alexa Fund and AAC Technologies a microphone vendor based in Shenzhen, China. Earlier in 2016 Vesper announced a partnership with AAC to commercialize piezoelectric MEMS microphones for consumer products such as smartphones. www.vespermems.com

(See Vesper, AAC partner to push piezoelectric MEMS microphones)

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