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Capital Lite Working Group

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The Capital Lite Working Group is a result of discussions that took place during multiple VC panel discussions in 2011 that were chaired by GSA’s ECCEO Council and the publication of the paper The Capital-Lite Semiconductor Model: Revitalizing Semiconductor Startup Investment. The purpose of this Working Group is to foster discussion regarding the current state of funding for semiconductor start-ups; postulate alternative models and solutions; and ultimately turn our discussion into actionable events that will benefit our industry by encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.


To create a seamless consortium of representatives from the entire semiconductor ecosystem that fully cooperate in enabling start-ups to prosper and return significant multiples to all its constituents and to establish a pipeline of funded, innovative semiconductor companies with an appropriate capital structure to make this the largest segment in tech financing.


To develop, promote and execute expanded investment models that can be used by semiconductor start-ups to innovate and prosper.

  • Invigorate semiconductor start-up investment and subsequent returns
  • Enable high quality innovation
  • Stimulate sustainable M&A and new IPO deal flow
  • CEOs, CFOs, and senior leadership from within the entire semiconductor ecosystem, OEMs, VCs, Finance, Banking and M&A executives
  • Identify concerns in existing funding models for semiconductor start-ups
  • Quantify the problem within the semiconductor industry
  • Postulate the impact of the problem to the semiconductor industry and the markets served by this industry
  • Propose alternative solutions; e.g. Capital-lite
  • Build internal consensus and solicit external feedback
  • Solicit industry participation and support
  • Agree on and implement solution(s)

Contact Information

Working Group Chair
Matt Rhodes, CEO, Semitech Semiconductor

Meeting Schedule

No meetings are scheduled at this time.  Please check back at a later date.







May 1, 2013

Nov 7, 2012

Mar 14, 2012

Jan 24, 2012

Dec 7, 2011

Oct 13, 2011

Oct 6, 2011

Sept 13, 2011

Sept 1, 2011

May 24, 2011


Innovation Center (PDF, 269 KB)
This white paper by SK telecom Americas outlines their funding model to seed new start-ups, mitigate risk, and ensure a successful exit.

Innovation Evolution in the Semiconductor Industry
Authors: Ken Lawler, General Partner, Silicon Ventures; Warren Savage, President and CEO, IPextreme; and Michael Fancher, Associate Professor of Nanoeconomics, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Capital Lite Business Model Strategies & Tools: A Startup’s Guide to Surviving an Investment Drought
This white paper focuses on invigorating semiconductor start-ups to enable high quality innovation, increased investment and subsequent returns, and stimulate sustainable M&A, as well as new IPOs.

Capital-Lite Semiconductor Model: Revitalizing Semiconductor Startup Investment (PDF, 98 KB)
Authors: Amer Haider, Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, Cavium and Awais Nemat, former Vice President of Enterprise Business Unit, Marvell Semiconductors

Startup Outlook 2012 Report (PDF, 886 KB)
Author: Silicon Valley Bank

A Lean Fabless Semiconductor Business Model (PDF, 285 KB)
Author: Andreas Olofsson, Adapteva, Inc.


2012 Meeting Minutes
2011 Meeting Minutes

Group Members

Contact Kole Giles for membership information.

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Agile Analog Secures $5M in Funding to Change the Semiconductor Industry
Monday, May 13, 2019
Design & Reuse
Agile Analog, a Cambridge analog IP company, announces it has closed its latest Pre-A funding round with Delin Ventures, firstminute Capital and MMC Ventures for $5M.

Integra Devices Raises $6M in Series A Funding
Monday, May 13, 2019
Integra Devices, an Irvine, Calif.-based a next-generation micro-device company, completed a $6M Series A funding.

Marvell to Acquire Aquantia - Accelerating Ethernet Technology Leadership
Monday, May 6, 2019
PR Newswire
Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a provider of infrastructure semiconductor solutions, and Aquantia, Corp., a provider of Multi-Gig Ethernet connectivity, announced a definitive agreement, approved by the boards of directors of both companies, under which Marvell will acquire all outstanding shares of Aquantia common stock in exchange for consideration of $13.25 per share in cash.

Ampere Computing Raises New Round of Capital, Including New Investor ARM
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Design & Reuse
Ampere announced a new round of funding including participation from new investor Arm, a subsidiary of SoftBank Group. Current investor The Carlyle Group led the round with participation from other existing investors.

Qorvo to Acquire Active-Semi
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
EE Times
RF specialist Qorvo is buying Active-Semi International, a fabless company with expertise in power efficiency and power management, which have become critical skills for designing circuitry for 5G equipment, the Internet of things (IoT), and a rapidly growing list of other products.

SMIC to Sell Stake in LFoundry
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
LFoundry, a Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) company, has entered into a binding agreement with SMIC for the latter to sell all of its stakes in the former to Jiangsu CAS-IGBT Technology.

Movellus Raises $6M in Series A Funding, Led by Stata Venture Partners
Monday, April 1, 2019
Business Wire
Movellus, Inc. announced $6 million in Series A venture funding, bringing its total funding to date to $10M.

ProteanTecs Completes Successful Series B Funding and Launches Out of Stealth Mode
Monday, April 1, 2019
PR Newswire
ProteanTecs, a start-up company that invented a groundbreaking solution for the prediction of failures in electronics, announced that it has completed a series B financing round of $35 million. Investors include Avigdor Willenz, Intel Capital, ITI Venture Capital Partners, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Redline Capital Management S.A., Viola Ventures, WRVI Capital, Zeev Ventures and others.

Sambanova Systems Announces $150M Series B From Intel Capital And GV To Advance Its Breakthrough AI Platform
Monday, April 1, 2019
Design & Reuse
SambaNova Systems, the builder of an advanced systems platform to run artificial intelligence applications (AI) from the datacenter to the edge, announced a $150M Series B funding round.

Untether AI Raises $13M in Series A Funding
Monday, April 1, 2019
Untether AI, a Toronto, Canada-based AI chip startup came out of stealth with $13M in Series A funding.

Renesas Completes Acquisition of Integrated Device Technology
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Company Release
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), a leading supplier of analog mixed-signal products, including sensors, connectivity and wireless power, jointly announced the successful completion of Renesas' acquisition of IDT following approvals by IDT shareholders and the relevant regulatory authorities.

ON Semi to Acquire Wi-Fi Chip Vendor Quantenna for $1 Billion
Thursday, March 28, 2019
EE Times
ON Semiconductor has agreed to buy Wi-Fi chip vendor Quantenna Communications for just over $1 billion in cash.

Innoviz Technologies Raises $132M in Series C Funding
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Innoviz Technologies, a Rosh Ha'Ayin, Israel-based provider of solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software, raised $132M in Series C funding.

Facebook Buys Interconnect IP Vendor Sonics
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
EE Times
Facebook has acquired Sonics Inc., a privately-held Silicon Valley IP provider that specializes in on-chip network (NoC) and power-management technologies.

NVIDIA to Acquire Mellanox for $6.9 Billion
Monday, March 11, 2019
Company Release
NVIDIA and Mellanox announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox.

Dialog Semiconductor to Acquire Silicon Motion's Mobile Communications Business
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Design & Reuse
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of custom and configurable power management, AC/DC power conversion, charging and Bluetooth low energy technology, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Silicon Motion Technology Corporation's Mobile Communications product line, branded as FCI.

Brodmann17 Nabs $11M for its Automotive Computer Vision Tech
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Brodmann17 -- named after the primary visual cortex in the human brain -- has raised $11 million in a Series A round of funding led by OurCrowd, with participation also from Maniv Mobility, AI Alliance, UL Ventures, Samsung NEXT, and the Sony Innovation Fund.

Korean Conglomerate SK Leads $600M Round for Chinese Chipmaker Horizon Robotics
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Horizon Robotics, a three-year-old Chinese startup backed by Intel Capital, just raised a mega-round of funding from domestic and overseas backers as it competes for global supremacy in developing AI solutions and chips aimed at autonomous vehicles, smart retail stores, surveillance equipment and other devices for everyday scenarios.

Lightmatter Receives $22M in Series A-1 Funding
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Lightmatter, a Boston, MA-based maker of an ultra efficient light-powered AI chip, received $22M in Series A-1 funding.

GreenWaves Technologies Raises €7M in Series A Funding
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
GreenWaves Technologies, a Grenoble, France-based fabless semiconductor startup designing ultra-low-power AI embedded processors for battery-operated edge devices, raised €7m in Series A funding.

Intel Buys Indian SoC Designer Ineda Systems
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
EE Times
Intel has acquired Ineda Systems, a fabless chip company based in Hyderabad, India.

Peraso Raises $42M in Funding
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Peraso Technologies Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based fabless semiconductor company, raised an additional $42M in financing.

Astronics Corporation Completes the Sale of its Semiconductor System Level Test Technology
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Business Wire
Astronics Corporation, a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced that it has closed the previously announced sale of the intellectual property and certain assets associated with its semiconductor test product line to Advantest Corporation.

AIStorm Raises $13.2M to Bring Real-Time AI-in-Sensor Technology to the Edge
Monday, February 11, 2019
Design & Reuse
AIStorm, an innovator of high-performance AI-in-sensor processors, has closed $13.2 million in Series A financing.

Diodes Incorporated to Acquire Texas Instruments' Greenock, Scotland Wafer Fabrication Facility and Operations
Monday, February 4, 2019
Business Wire
Diodes Incorporated, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments' wafer fabrication facility and operation located in Greenock, Scotland (GFAB).


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