Tela Named one of Top 10 Tech Start-ups to Watch in 2013

by Peter Clarke

Processors, memory, manufacturing processes, chip architecture, EDA, MEMS, RF, touch screens, servers and the Internet of Things are markets where startups can still make a difference.

What follows are ten rising companies worth tracking in 2013.

Tela Innovations

Tela Innovations Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) was founded in 2005 and started by working with Qualcomm on computational lithography with a view to the extraction of multi mask information for the double patterning era.

Tela’s technology is delivered as physical design representation applied to standard cell logic and embedded SRAM, analog and I/O that can result in area savings and reduced leakage current. The company offers gate-length trade-offs for power, performance and area within its libraries. Tela has also specialized in working with customers’ IP development teams to get the technology into production.

In February 2009 Tela acquired Blaze DFM, which added PowerTrim to its technology as well as a relationship with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. which bore fruit in 2010.

The company has been fairly quiet since then but did say mid-2012 that it is ready with libraries for the 32/28-nm and 22/20-nm process nodes. The company’s investors provide reasons to watch the company. They include: Intel Capital, Cadence Design Systems Inc., KT Venture Group LLC (the investment partner of KLA-Tencor Corp.) and Qualcomm Inc. The fact that the company appointed an intellectual property legal counsel in 2012 is another reason to be watchful.

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