Crypto Quantique among new UK companies joining Silicon Catalyst Partner Ecosystem

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Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions, has announced three new In-Kind Partner (IKP) companies.

These IKPs will provide support to the companies in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator, helping to further expand the Catalyst’s ecosystem that enables early-stage companies to tap into the products and services available to enhance the growth of their companies.

The new IKP companies are:

  • Alter Technology UK, is supplier of fast turnaround prototype assembly and volume packaging of Microelectronics and Photonics assembly for semiconductor devices;
  • Codasip, is a specialist in customisable RISC-V processor IP; and
  • Crypto Quantique, is a supplier of quantum-driven hardware root-of-trust design IP.

Silicon Catalyst has built an ecosystem to support semiconductor start-ups, granting privileged access to EDA design tools, silicon foundry runs and intellectual property. The incubator provides networking, path to funding and expert business acumen to successfully launch and drive growth. This announcement further highlights the regional importance and focus from Silicon Catalyst for innovative In-Kind Partners to enable business growth for the Portfolio Companies in the incubator.

Sean Redmond, Silicon Catalyst UK remarked, “We are relentlessly expanding our ecosystem to serve the best semiconductor start-ups in the industry. Our Portfolio Companies do not need to compromise on any choice they need to make by getting access to exactly what is required to be successful as globally scaling semiconductor companies.

“We are delighted to welcome Alter Technology, Codasip and Crypto Quantique to our In-Kind Partner programme, enhancing our ability to provide flexible and scalable device packaging, application-specific RISC-V processors and root-of-trust design IP solutions to support the product needs of the innovative companies in our Incubator.”

Alter Technology TÜV Nord UK Ltd has started volume production of plastic encapsulated QFN chip packages in the UK. Most of the semiconductor packaging is currently taking place in sizeable out-sourced assembly and test (OSAT) production lines in Asia, so the Alter plant in Livingston, Scotland, offers a significant capability in the UK. This lower-cost and high-volume compatible plastic package technology signifies a 90% decrease in cost and facilitates several thousands to tens of thousands of devices per batch. Alter UK also offer advanced packaging processes and solutions for custom photonics components.

Codasip is a specialist in customisable RISC-V processor IP. With their Codasip Studio customisation tools, chip designers can create highly differentiated application-specific RISC-V processor design IP.

Commenting Ron Black, CEO, Codasip, said, “Many semiconductor start-ups are now struggling to achieve performance gains from scaling semiconductors to smaller nodes. Early adopters of application-specific IP design are seeing the benefits of tailoring their processors to their target markets. Our RISC-V processor design IP combined with the customization capabilities of Codasip Studio enables them to make significant performance gains.”

Crypto Quantique is a leading developer of IoT security solutions that combine cryptography and quantum physics to develop security products that drive end-to-end security and unlock scalability for IoT networks.