Synopsys Expands DesignWare IP Portfolio with Acquisition of Kilopass Technology

Acquisition Enables Synopsys to Provide a Broad Non-Volatile Memory IP Offering Optimized to Meet Performance, Power, and Area Targets for a Wide Range of Applications

 Highlights:

  • Kilopass Technology's one-time programmable (OTP) non-volatile memory (NVM) IP has been integrated by more than 170 customers into more than 400 SoC designs, and shipped in more than 10 billion units worldwide
  • Kilopass Technology's OTP NVM IP is available and silicon-proven in a broad range of standard logic CMOS processes including 10-nm and 7-nm
  • Acquisition complements Synopsys' NVM portfolio with OTP products that are optimized for fuse replacement, secure key storage, device ID, analog trim, and code storage
  • Synopsys' combined OTP and multi-time programmable (MTP) NVM IP solutions provide designers with a broad portfolio optimized for performance, power, and area for a wide range of automotive, IoT, industrial, and mobile applications

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that it has acquired Kilopass Technology, Inc., a leading provider of antifuse one-time programmable (OTP) non-volatile memory (NVM) IP used in automotive, mobile, industrial, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Kilopass Technology's one-transistor (1T) and two-transistor (2T) bitcell OTP NVM IP complements Synopsys' existing DesignWare® OTP and MTP NVM IP solutions with support for up to 4-Mbit OTP instances in 180-nm to 7-nm process technologies. With this acquisition, Synopsys further extends its leadership in physical IP, enabling customers to benefit from its development scale, worldwide sales channel, and expert technical support.  

The terms of the deal, which are not material to Synopsys financials, have not been disclosed.

"Kilopass Technology's secure, low-power, high-density OTP NVM solutions support a wide range of process technologies to meet specific application requirements," said Joachim Kunkel, general manager of the Solutions Group at Synopsys. "The combination of Kilopass Technology's OTP NVM and Synopsys' existing OTP and MTP NVM IP solutions provides designers with a highly optimized and comprehensive NVM IP portfolio that meets market demands for increased integration, higher densities, lower costs, better reliability, and improved security."

Kilopass Technology's antifuse-based 1T and 2T OTP NVM IP products support ultra-low-power NVM requirements for code storage and include high-density NVM to reduce costs compared to ROM or embedded Flash. Kilopass Technology's OTP NVM IP is manufactured in standard logic CMOS fabrication processes and does not require any additional mask layers or process steps. Kilopass Technology's OTP NVM IP offerings include:

  • XPM NVM - Ideal for efuse replacement. It is a field programmable memory that provides a high level of security, large capacity with a small footprint, and low active and standby power.
  • Gusto NVM - The first and only 4-Mbit embedded NVM in the industry. It utilizes Kilopass Technology's patented 2T antifuse bitcell with proven security that is critical for secure code storage applications.
  • SecretCode NVM – Secure antifuse OTP used for security engines and roots of trust. It offers content protection at the bit level to protect against active and passive attacks, tampering, hacking, and reverse engineering.

InMobi Acquires AerServ For $90 Million To Get A Leg Up On In-App Header Bidding

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 InMobi announces the first adtech deal of 2018 with its acquisition AerServ for $90 million to create the world's largest programmatic video advertising platform.

Mobile ad network and Indian unicorn InMobi paid $90 million for mobile video monetization platform AerServ in a bid to build a header bidding solution for apps.  The deal, announced Wednesday, will bring together their respective programmatic exchanges to create "fair auction dynamics for in the in-app space," said Abhay Singhal, InMobi's CRO and co-founder.

"Our publishers have been asking for this," Singhal said. "They want more control rather than the black box they get from most of the large in-app mediation platforms."

Read more at adexchanger.com

Solaria Raises $23 Million in Funding to Expand Manufacturing of Its Breakthrough Solar Modules

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Solaria Corporation, a global provider of solar module technologies, announced that the company has raised $23 million in growth funding from a syndicate of leading strategic and financial investors including Presidio Partners, Kline Hill Partners and Structural Capital. This infusion of capital will enable Solaria to expand its manufacturing capacity globally and in the United States; an expansion to the company's production facility is in the works.

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When Google killed its business, a startup hit the jackpot and became one of India’s profitable unicorns

When Google killed its business, a startup hit the jackpot and became one of India’s profitable unicorns

Back in 2009, India was still far from becoming a global startup hub. The founders of India's (now) most-funded internet startup, Flipkart, were only selling books online, and the country was nowhere on the radar of global players like Amazon.

But Piyush Shah took the plunge.

Giving up his cushy job as an assistant vice-president at Deutsche Bank, he chose to join a young team in Bengaluru (then Bangalore) that was working on SMS-based search at the time.

This company of around 100 employees had been in business for around two years. Shah was to head its strategic initiatives, beginning with the development of a mobile phone-based payments solution that was launched in 2011. This launch was the beginning of its transformation into the more advanced sphere, advertising on mobile phones, which is its core business today.

"None of the co-founders had a telecom background. Neither did I," Shah recalls. But when he met InMobi founder and CEO Naveen Tiwari in Mumbai, he was sold nevertheless.

"The fact that they (InMobi's founders) were building a product company from India was reason enough," he told Quartz. "What drew me was the audacity of the vision—something very large and very world-class."

Even though that project didn't work out, over the last eight years, Shah, now the chief product officer, put in place some key initiatives at InMobi, including its biggest cash cow: performance advertising. 

Read the full article at Quartz India - https://qz.com/1069448/inmobi-when-google-killed-its-business-this-startup-hit-the-jackpot-as-one-of-indias-profitable-unicorns/



Knightscope Achieves 100,000+ Mile Milestone of Autonomous Operation

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--()--Knightscope, developer of advanced physical security technologies focused on significantly enhancing U.S. security operations, today announced that its K3 (indoor) and K5 (outdoor) Autonomous Data Machines have travelled collectively over 100,000 miles and have operated in the field in excess of 180,000 hours. This achievement clearly places Knightscope as a worldwide leader in commercializing self-driving technology in real-world applications with actual clients.

Having completed pilots and proof-of-concepts back in 2015 and 2016, the company has begun scaling operations nationwide in 2017 now having signed contracts with over 30 clients in 8 states and 3 time zones. Clients include malls, corporate campuses, healthcare, logistics centers, food distribution facilities, pharmaceutical firms, and property managers.

For more information on Knightscope, including investment opportunities in purchasing shares in the Company's Reg A+ "mini-IPO" which closes on October 10, 2017, please visit www.knightscope.com. Information about the offering, as well as the offering circular, can be found here.

About Knightscope, Inc.

Knightscope, Inc. is an advanced security technology company that utilizes Software + Hardware + Humans to provide its clients with new groundbreaking anomaly detection capabilities. In an increasingly volatile world, we are developing one of the most important technologies to come out of Silicon Valley that will empower the public and private sectors to proactively build stronger, safer communities, ultimately saving money and lives. Crime has a $1 trillion negative economic impact on the U.S. every single year and our long-term mission is to cut it in half. Learn more at www.knightscope.com

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NEXTracker Announces TrueCapture™, a Revolutionary Intelligent Control System for Solar Power Plants

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FREMONT, CA, USA, July 11, 2017 — Today, NEXTracker™, a Flex company, launched TrueCapture™, a first-of-its-kind intelligent, self-adjusting tracker control system for solar power plants. TrueCapture's technology continuously refines the tracking algorithm of each individual solar array in response to existing site and weather conditions. Typically delivering 2-6 percent energy gains, TrueCapture enables system owners and developers to maximize solar system performance and enhance profits for solar power facilities.

Solar power plants suffer energy production losses from construction variability, terrain undulation and changing weather. TrueCapture is the first tracker solution to simultaneously solve these factors, leveraging forecast-based tracking behavior algorithms for clouds, fog or haze and row-to-row (R2R) hybrid closed-loop self-learning that course corrects the panel direction to minimize production loss due to shading and clouds. Wireless self-powered controllers on the tracker sync with the smart panels and the NEXTracker SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system, connected through Flex's IoT platform, a secure, NERC-CIP compliant, industrial-strength connected intelligence platform. From the Flex IoT platform, communication is continually dispatched to control each independent row. Watch this video to learn more.

"TrueCapture is our biggest innovation since we introduced independent row, self-powered tracking," said Dan Shugar, CEO at NEXTracker. "For the first time, advanced machine learning is being applied to unlock the true potential of power plant performance. We are taking a technology that has been around for over two decades and infusing it with intelligence to meet the needs of a new data-driven world."

"If any company can incorporate as-built site conditions and machine learning into its system design, it's NEXTracker," stated Clenera CEO Jason Ellsworth. "The Company continues to push our industry forward with new ways to improve system performance."

Backtracking, first introduced in 1991, offered a significant improvement in PV plant energy yield. It was optimized for flat arrays and low diffuse conditions. TrueCapture advances these yield gains by incorporating individual row tracking for real world conditions that have hilly terrain and partly cloudy or fully diffuse conditions.

With TrueCapture, proprietary smart panel sensors provide real-time shading information on each tracker row. The data is integrated with design parameters and processed by machine-learning software to build a virtual 3D model of the job site. An intelligent control engine combines the model with the latest meteorological forecast data to calculate and send updated and optimized tracking commands to every independent row. As a result, energy production gets a significant boost. With more production, solar power plants are worth more, adding value for project developers and the long-term owners who will typically operate a facility for up to 30 years.

About NEXTracker

NEXTracker, a Flex company, advances the power plant of the future with solar tracker and energy storage innovations to increase performance and reduce costs for power plants of all sizes. As the #1 tracker supplier worldwide with over 9 GW delivered, NEXTracker is globally recognized for delivering the most advanced photovoltaic solutions for hundreds of projects across five continents. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Company has offices in China, India, Spain, Latin America, and Australia. For more information, visit: NEXTracker.com and follow the Company on Twitter @NEXTracker. 

Akamai Agrees to Acquire SOASTA Inc.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — March 29, 2017 — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) today announced the company has entered into an agreement to acquire SOASTA, a leader in Digital Performance Management. The acquisition is intended to give Akamai customers greater visibility into the business impact of their website and application optimization strategies. The all-cash transaction is expected to close early in the second quarter.

Online businesses are well aware of the benefits of delivering exceptional digital experiences to their customers. Studies1 have shown that sites and applications need to be fast and reliable to maximize both consumer interaction and business outcomes. For example, nearly 10 percent of visitors will leave a site if response times increase by only one second and nearly 30 percent of visitors will not return to a slow site.

Traditionally, online businesses have found it challenging to generate a holistic view of website and application performance. Application logic and complexity are moving to the front-end (e.g. browsers, and native mobile applications), limiting the effectiveness of traditional Application Performance Management solutions that are more focused on monitoring IT infrastructure performance as opposed to the real-world experience of actual end users. Increasing investment in, and dependence on, third-party services introduces even greater complexity. SOASTA addresses these challenges with a unified platform for measurement, testing and analysis that delivers performance insights across both technology and business contexts.

"Akamai has long been associated with delivering exceptional technology solutions for optimizing web and mobile application performance," explained Ash Kulkarni, senior vice president and general manager, Web Performance and Security, Akamai. "The addition of SOASTA's technology is intended to give our customers new ways to measure, optimize and validate the business impact of their web performance strategies."

Through its acquisition of SOASTA, Akamai plans to add several new capabilities to its Web Performance Solutions portfolio. Akamai customers will have improved ability to accurately measure how real users experience their applications, and how that experience impacts their behavior. This will help customers prioritize and implement the most impactful performance optimization strategies to positively affect business outcomes. Through SOASTA solutions, Akamai customers will then be able to test optimizations at scale prior to deployment and validate the business impact of those optimizations once they are live in production. The result is a comprehensive set of cloud-based performance and business outcome optimization solutions.

"As important as web and mobile site and application optimization is to online businesses, the ability to truly understand the result of those optimization strategies is crucial to continued success," stated Tom Lounibos, CEO, Co-founder of SOASTA. "This acquisition will provide Akamai customers, many of whom are already SOASTA customers, with a new way to measure and test the optimizations they are making to their sites, and validate the actual business impact of their site's performance."

SOASTA, headquartered in Mountain View, California, is a privately funded company. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur early in the second quarter of 2017. The Company expects the SOASTA acquisition to be slightly dilutive to Akamai's Non-GAAP net income per share for FY 2017 in the range of $0.06 to $0.07 and to become accretive in 2018.

Additional product and financial information related to the acquisition will be discussed during Akamai's Investor Summit at the Hilton Boston Logan Hotel, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. ET. A live webcast will be available at the Investor Relations page of the Akamai website and an archive of the webcast will be available following the event for a limited period of time.

About Akamai

As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

1 The Performance Beacon, November 28, 2016 

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