Unique solutions that help IC manufacturing scale place Tela in Top 20 of prestigious list of important and quality innovation portfolios

LOS GATOS, Calif. – January 9, 2012 – Tela Innovations, which provides design solutions to enable continued cost-effective scaling of semiconductor manufacturing, has been ranked by IEEE Spectrum magazine as being among the leaders of the semiconductor and electronics industry for the quality and potential impact of its patents. In the 2012 edition of its prestigious Patent Power list, the publication ranks Tela 11th in the Semiconductor Manufacturing category, placing the company alongside major suppliers such as Samsung (#1), SanDisk (#2), Broadcom (#4), Intel (#12) and Rambus (#13).

According to IEEE Spectrum, the rankings are “based on objective, quantitative benchmarking of the patent portfolios of more than 5,000 leading commercial enterprises, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. This benchmarking…takes into account not only the size of organizations’ patent portfolios but also the quality, as reflected in characteristics such as growth, impact, originality, and general applicability.”

The full report can be seen here.

Tela received 31 new patents in 2011, bringing its total portfolio to more than 100. While relatively small in quantity in comparison to companies like Samsung and Intel, Tela was rewarded for the quality of its innovations, which are seen as having long-term impact on addressing key challenges in semiconductor manufacturing. Using a sophisticated scoring system, the report gave Tela an overall score of 833.4 to earn the 11th place ranking in this category.

“This is a great honor and a testament to the innovation we are delivering to address critical technical and economic challenges facing the semiconductor industry. We are pleased to be recognized as having important technology that will enable designers to achieve the best performance, density and low power characteristics possible as semiconductor processes continue to scale,” said Scott Becker, president and CEO of Tela. “This report is also a strong statement about the importance of the patent process in general, which Tela uses to validate the value and uniqueness of our innovations.”

The majority of Tela’s patents focus on novel approaches engineers can use to optimize the size, performance and power of advanced IC designs. Its technology addresses issues brought on by advanced manufacturing processes that introduce new constraints and restrictions designers must overcome. Its solutions are aimed at extending the scaling of Moore’s Law for designs targeting 28nm and smaller geometries where lithography limitations drive more layout restrictions for both single pass and multiple patterning approaches.

About Tela
Tela Innovations is a privately-held company based in Los Gatos, California that provides solutions addressing the challenge of scaling semiconductor design and manufacturing to advanced process nodes. Tela was founded in 2005 by a team of experts in semiconductor IP, design automation and process technology, and is backed by a number of venture firms and corporate investors, including Intel Capital, Cadence Design Systems, KT Venture Group, LLC, the investment partner of KLA-Tencor Corporation, and Qualcomm Incorporated. For more information on the company visit


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