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UltraSoC £5m investment round

Silverpeak used its unique understanding of the UltraSoC business and industry to realise this key funding round

Who are they

UltraSoC is an independent provider of SoC infrastructure based in Cambridge. 

UltraSoC’s semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) allows designers to easily and cost-effectively create complex SoCs (systems on chip) with built-in intelligence that continuously monitors and responds to real-world behaviour. This allows SoCs to optimize power consumption and performance, and deal with security threats or safety breaches.

The company’s debug tools have been successfully developed and clients are increasingly aware of the technology’s potential benefits. This has led to a series of significant commercial engagements, with more in the pipeline. Among others, HiSilicon (Huawei), Imagination Technologies, Movidius (now Intel), and Microsemi have all licensed UltraSoC technology for use in their designs, delivering proven hardware-embedded benefits to their customers. To ensure these benefits are accessible to a range of customers, UltraSoC partners with leading names in the semiconductor industry, including ARM, Baysand, Cadence/Tensilica, CEVA, Codasip, Lauterbach, MIPS and Teledyne LeCroy.

UltraSoC was named one of the 100 most exciting companies in the UK in the 2016 Mishcon de Reya CityAM “Leap 100” list. It was also nominated by Gartner as one of its 2016 “Cool Vendors”. It was recognized as “Best New Company” in the 2015 ELEKTRA Awards.

Atlante Tech leads a strong line up of new investors, including Enso Ventures, Oxford Capital and successful CEO & serial entrepreneur Guillaume d’Eyssautier. These new investors join existing investors Octopus Ventures and South East Seed Fund (FSE Group).

What was our involvement

Silverpeak worked with the company as their exclusive financial advisor.

Rupert Baines, CEO of UltraSoC said: “Silverpeak were key in this process, to which they brought a unique understanding of our business and industry, their relationships with investors and strategic players, intelligent deal execution and structuring, and unflinching dedication. As an added benefit, we truly enjoyed working with them.”

Pietro Strada, the Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the process, added: “UltraSoC has unique technology that is integral to the evolution of the most complex semiconductor chips: it offers a great investment opportunity. This deal has been successful due to the positive collaboration between the Silverpeak team and UltraSoC’s Board and CEO, whom we thank for the opportunity to advise them.”