Silicon 100: Startups Worth Watching in 2021

Article By : Anne-Françoise Pelé

Roughly one-third of the companies in the Silicon 100 Class of 2021 are new to the list. Who made the cut this year?

The 21st revision of the EE Times Silicon 100, our annual list of electronics and semiconductor startups to watch, tracks the pulse of the industry to identify emerging technology trends and developments that hold promise for the future.

EE Times has been publishing and updating its list of emerging startups since 2004, reflecting corporate, commercial, technology and market conditions. This year’s edition is the second to include an expanded list of 100 emerging electronics and semiconductor startups.

“The takeaways are the continued rise of China with even more startups from China represented,” said Peter Clarke, the veteran technology and business journalist who compiled and curated the EE Times’ Silicon 100. “Another trend has been a marked increase in the money being provided by rounds of financing. And complementary to the rise of China, there has been a slight reduction in the number of startups from Europe and North America.”

This year’s edition also analyzes the Silicon 100 by technical category. We have divided the technology universe into 22 categories ranging from materials and packaging at a fundamental extreme to quantum computing and security at the highest level of abstraction. Categories are:

  • materials & packaging
  • printed electronics
  • photovoltaics
  • energy harvesting
  • power, GaN, SiC
  • foundry, manufacturing, assembly, test
  • EDA, design services
  • analog, mixed-signal, PMIC
  • memory
  • medical
  • MEMS, sensors, actuators
  • optoelectronics, image sensors
  • displays, devices, drivers
  • wireless charging
  • RF & IoT
  • 5G & higher RF
  • ADAS, radar, LiDAR
  • vision processing, event-driven
  • general-purpose processors, FPGAs
  • specialist processors, accelerators
  • quantum computing
  • security

This year’s Silicon 100 also features a new section, the China Fabless 100. EE Times China has ranked China’s fabless semiconductor companies to provide visibility into the future of semiconductor design in China.

Version 21 of the Silicon 100 is available in digital format at the EE Times Store.

This article was originally published on EE Times.

Anne-Françoise Pelé is editor-in-chief of and EE Times Europe.

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