Analog, MEMS and Sensor startups to follow in 2021: Page 4 of 4

January 04, 2021 //By Peter Clarke
Analog, MEMS and Sensor startups to follow in 2021
We have renewed our list of analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow, in the seventh annual iteration of the list. Below are 20 startups to follow in 2021.

SiLC Technologies Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.) a silicon photonics startup founded in 2017, has launched an integrated frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar on a chip designed to operate at 1550nm wavelength.

(see Startup to show eye-safe lidar transceiver)


SmartSens Technology Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China), founded in 2011, is a supplier of CMOS image sensors. It has R&D teams in Silicon Valley and Shanghai and an ISO-certified supply chain infrastructure to supply CMOS image sensors for security and surveillance, consumer, automotive and other mass market applications. The company signed a license agreement with IBM in 2018.

(see Xiaomi helps image sensor startup raise $225 million and Video sensor for smart vision systems)


Syntiant Corp. (Irvine, Calif.), a startup formed in 2017 is developing analog neural networking processors operating in flash memory. Syntiant's neural decision processors (NDPs) remove data movement penalties by performing neural network computations in flash memory. The company has an agreement to marry its neural decision processors (NDPs) with the microphone technology of Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany).

(see AI audio startup ships one million ICs, raises funds and Syntiant, Sensory deliver multi-language speech recognition)


UltraSense Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a startup formed in 2017, has announced an ultrasound-based user interface. The company has developed an ultrasound actuator/sensor that can be attached to the inside surface of an enclosure to create a touch user interface. The MEMS-based technology operates at megahertz frequencies. It sends and receives pressure wave signals through 5mm of aluminium or glass and so can detect strength of tap and avoids the need for cut outs or openings in the enclosure.

(see Startup gets backers for ultrasound interface and Former InvenSense executives launch MEMS ultrasound interface startup)


Wiliot Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) is a fabless semiconductor company formed by a group of engineers whose previous company, Wi-Fi pioneer Wilocity, was acquired by Qualcomm in 2014. Wiliot is setting out to develop a Bluetooth chip powered by energy harvested from radio waves and thereby create passive SoC platforms for the IoT market. Founded in 2017.


Related links and articles:

Analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow in 2020

Analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow in 2019

Analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow in 2018

Analog, MEMS and sensor startups to follow in 2017

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