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Oxford Capital backs intelligent chip business UltraSoC

‘Hard tech’ technology developer enables cost effective SoCs (systems on chip)
Oxford Capital has backed embedded intelligence business UltraSoc in a £5m funding round. Oxford Capital has invested alongside Atlante Tech, Enso Ventures and entrepreneur Guillaume d’Eyssautier, who join existing investors Octopus Ventures and South East Seed Fund (FSE Group).The investment will be used to drive continued deployment of UntraSoC’s technology and realise its vision of embedding intelligent analytics capabilities into every chip.

UltraSoC’s semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) enables designers to easily and cost effectively create complex SoCs (systems on chip) with built-in intelligence that continuously monitor and responds to real-world behaviour. This allows SoCs to optimize power consumption and performance and deal with security threats or safety breaches.
Leading technology developers HiSilicon (Huawei), Imagination Technologies, Movidius (now Intel), Microsemi and others use UltraSoC technology in their designs. UltraSoc also partners with leading names in the semiconductor industry including ARM, Baysand, Cadence/Tensilica, CEVA, Codasip, Lauterbach, MIPS and Teledyne LeCroy to enable designers to create complex SoCs with built-in intelligence.

Miles Kirby of Oxford Capital will join the board of UltraSoC along with Kirill Mudryy of Enso and Alvise Bonivento of Atlante.

Miles Kirby, Director of Venture Capital investments, Oxford Capital said:

“UltraSoC’s suite of semiconductor IP allows chip designers to integrate an intelligent analytics infrastructure into the core hardware of their devices. These capabilities can be used in applications across a broad range of market sectors, from automotive and IoT products, to at-scale computing and communications infrastructure.”

“We are delighted to back UltraSoc, which we believe has the potential to deliver existing strong returns to our investors. UltraSoC is leading the way in embedded analytics, which offers chip makers and their customers a distinct competitive advantage.”

David Mott, Managing Partner, Oxford Capital, said:
“This investment reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting technology companies across the UK. UltraSoC has attracted an international syndicate of investors to support its next phase of development.”

Rupert Baines, UltraSoC CEO said:
“Hard tech is back in favor with the UK and global investment community, with recent funding for Ultrahaptics, Graphcore and SiFive (a fellow RISC-V proponent), plus successful exits at Movidius and Mobileye. Our investors are excited by the potential of UltraSoC’s technology and are committed to supporting our aim of putting intelligent analytics into every chip.”