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Bristol Spinout Secures $16 Million For Software Defined Silicon

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14 September 2007

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XMOS Semiconductor, a spinout company from the Department of Computer Science, has secured $16 million of Series A venture capital funding. The funding is being provided by Foundation Capital and existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners and DFJ Esprit.

XMOS has created a new category of semiconductors for consumer electronics applications that need high performance, low manufacturing cost and extreme design flexibility – at a price point and a time-to-market that promises to revolutionise the consumer electronics ASIC and ASSP markets.

XMOS’s reprogrammable software defined silicon chips provide high volume consumer electronics system designers with an adaptable, economic alternative to standard products. Targeting the $1- $10 price range these devices are ideal for high volume consumer electronics applications where they offer high degrees of flexibility to differentiate products and react quickly to changes in standards or functions. Silicon, development tools and software components will sample to lead customers through Q4 and be broadly available from Q1 2008.

XMOS Semiconductor is developing Software Defined Silicon (SDS) devices, development tools and software IP that will bring low cost flexibility to consumer electronic product design. XMOS technology unifies the hardware and software worlds in one development environment that enables many former hardware functions to be implemented in software. It achieves this through the design of its event-driven multi-threaded processor, the XCore, and its XC programming language, the two key components of the XMOS technology. Founded in July 2005 by Prof David May, James Foster and Hitesh Mehta and headquartered in the UK, XMOS Semiconductor is funded by the Sulis Fund and its venture capital investors Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit and Foundation Capital. For more information, visit