Startup Competition Ends in a Tie: Anscer Robotics and Lightspeed Photonics Take the Top Spot, Both Startups Secure Rs. 50 Cr in Funding

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Startup Competition Ends in Tie for First Place - Anscer Robotics and Lightspeed Photonics Take the Top Spot

Hyderabad, India, January 13, 2023: The 2023 VLSI Design Conference in Hyderabad came to a thrilling conclusion on Friday with a tied first place victory shared between startups Anscer Robotics and Lightspeed Photonics. The event showcased some of the most promising and cutting-edge startups from across the globe, all competing for a chance to win a significant investment of Rs. 50 Cr for their ventures.

Anscer Robotics, a startup hailing from India, specializes in the development of autonomous mobile robots for use in indoor settings such as warehouses. Their robots are designed to efficiently and cost-effectively transport a wide range of payloads. You can learn more about them by visiting their website at www.anscer.com.

Lightspeed Photonics, a startup based in India, specializes in developing cutting-edge technology for high-performance computing systems. Their flagship product, a Free Space Optical Interconnect, allows for lightning-fast connections with significantly reduced power consumption and unparalleled scalability. Check out their website at https://lightspeedphotonics.com/ to learn more about their innovative technology solutions.

“We wanted to have this startup Forum where we could identify startups, which are trying to do new Chips, new subsystems of the chip, which is intellectual property components of a chip, Innovative way of connectivity, like photonics. And embedded systems, where there is a hardware component to something new,” said Venkatesh Narasimhan, one of the conference organizers and chair of the Startup Forum and Senior Engineering Director at Silicon Labs.

“At the Startup Forum – when we sent out the call for startups, we had 18 responses and we qualified them based upon some of the criteria that they should be involved in the design of either a chip, subsystem of a chip or an embedded system. Eventually, we shortlisted 12 startups for the investor pitch.” Venkatesh added.

The startup competition ended in a tie for first place between Anscer Robotics and Lightspeed Photonics, both of which were vying for the top spot and a chance to pitch for an impressive Rs. 50 Cr in funding for their ventures. The event organizers anticipate that the discussions between the startups and potential investors will lead to successful partnerships in the near future.

The panel of judges for the competition included Srini Chandupatla, Vice President of TiE Hyderabad, Ajay Jain, Managing Partner of Silverneedle Ventures Fund, and Shashi Reddy, Head of the Qualcomm Hyderabad Design Centre.

Among the participating startups at the 2023 VLSI Design Conference, there were several that stood out for their innovative ideas and potential for impact. Some of these notable startups included:

The VLSI Design Conference 2023 also saw pitches from a number of other notable startups. One such company was HSOL Biomed, who have developed a temporary pacemaker used during cardiac surgery at a 80% lesser cost than other options available today. The company’s website is hsolbiomed.co.in.

Anew Design Automation also presented their software product, which accelerates electronic system design and maintains it through its lifecycle. The company’s website is www.anew-da.ai.

Vasbeam Pvt. Ltd showcased their next generation antenna system that allows internet connectivity through satellites, which is also a part of the Make in India initiative. The company’s website is www.vasbeam.com.

Cyrrup Solutions, manufacture ultrasonic sensors using piezoelectric ceramic to detect diesel theft in heavy commercial vehicles. The company’s website is www.cyrrup.com.

Rapture Innovation Labs presented their premium headphone driven by patented technology that enables listener’s to not just hear music but also feel it by using a combination of air, bone and skin conduction principles. The company’s website is www.soniclamb.com.

Vanix Technologies presented their fully customized FPGA and SoC-based hardware-software systems, offering Indigenous & AI enabled FPGA-embedded solutions for multi-verticals such as Defense, EVs, solar, Communication, healthcare and Surveillance. The company’s website is www.vanix.in.

amPICQ, developed photonic integrated circuits for next generation computing and communication applications. The company’s website is http://ampicq.com/.

Sumedha IT, is setting up Semiconductor Innovation labs in Universities and Colleges across India, to bring up the engineering workforce the industry needs. The company’s website is https://www.sumedhait.com.

MachineWare Gmbh, a German startup presented their advanced RISC-V processor simulator. The company’s website is www.machineware.de.

Overall, the competition was a great showcase of the innovative and disruptive technologies being developed by startups around the world. 

It will be interesting to see how these companies continue to grow and impact their respective industries in the future.

2023 VLSI Design Conference – Highlights 

The three-day conference, which focused on the semiconductor industry, was a huge success with over 1600 registrations and 63 booths from 43 companies. The conference featured 25 companies sponsoring the event, and there were 282 papers submitted to the TPC committee, resulting in 54 papers and 17 posters across 13 tracks.

The conference discussed the latest trends in the semiconductor industry, specifically in the areas of telecommunication, 5G, electric vehicles, and secret surveillance.

“VLSI Industry Poised for Growth with Electric Vehicles and 5G Technology”

“Semiconductors will be a major gainer for the growth of electric vehicles and 5G technology. With more electronic parts and a greater need for security in these industries, the future of the VLSI industry looks promising.”

This statement from Sanjay Churiwala, General Chair, and Corporate Vice President AMD, highlights the potential for growth in the world of electric vehicles and 5G technology, and how semiconductors will play a crucial role in these industries. Electric vehicles have a lot of electronics in them and very few mechanical parts, making it a prime area for growth in the semiconductor industry. Additionally, 5G technology requires semiconductors for data capture, connectivity, storage, and processing, making it another area of growth for the VLSI industry. With the increasing importance of security in these industries, the demand for semiconductors in electric vehicles and 5G technology is expected to continue to rise.The three-day conference, which focused on the semiconductor industry, was a huge success with over 1600 registrations and 63 booths from 43 companies. The conference featured 25 companies sponsoring the event, and there were 282 papers submitted to the TPC committee, resulting in 54 papers and 17 posters across 13 tracks.

The best paper award was won by a researcher from IIT Mumbai for their work on wireless air quality monitoring. Additionally, there was a design contest with 75 submissions and a user train geodesign track with 88 submissions. The event also featured 17 keynote speakers from various countries and a Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Satya Gupta, President VLSI Society of India.

The conference discussed the latest trends in the semiconductor industry, specifically in the areas of telecommunication, 5G, electric vehicles, and secret surveillance.

The 2024 VLSI Design Conference will be held in Kolkata with the theme “VLSI Meets AI and Quantum for Cyber Physical Systems “