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Clear Shape Technologies  Acquired by Cadence Design Systems (2007  amount undisclosed)

3255-3 Scott Blvd, Suite 102
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Website Company Summary Management Team

Sales/Marketing: Nitin Deo; Philippe Hurat
Former Employees: Atul Sharan Nishath K Verghese

Outside board: (May no longer be on the board) Winston FU (U.S. Venture Partners) Thomas Kailath (Stanford University Professor)
Advisory board: Katherine Jen (AsiaTech Management) Abbas El Gamal (Stanford University Faculty) K J Chang (National Tsing Hua University Faculty) Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentellilli (University of California, Berkeley Professor) Joe E Brandenburg (Intel Former Sr. Principal Engineer) Chenming Hu (University of California, Berkeley Professor)

Business description: Clear Shape Technologies was founded by a team of proven industry veterans with vast technical expertise in the semiconductor-manufacturing and electronic-design-automation industries. The foundation that was the basis for the contract between IC design and manufacturing has been shaken. Clear Shape Technologies, Inc. is focused on renewing this contract for every design team and manufacturing group. With sub-100nm process technologies, the assumptions that were the foundation of the contract between design and manufacturing have steadily crumbled. Manufacturing variations dramatically impact chip performance. Yield seems hopelessly unpredictable. IC designers tape out, believing they have met their design targets – only to find that their chip isn’t manufacturable with reasonable yield, or, at all. For the industry to efficiently continue moving forward, there is a dire need for tools and technology that re-institute designers’ confidence that their chips will meet performance specifications and be manufacturable at high yields. Semiconductor manufacturers, on the other hand, need to be confident that all designs they receive can be economically manufacturable at high yields using any and all manufacturing techniques they might choose to employ without jeopardizing their process technology know-how. The contract must be renewed.
Partners include: Silicon Canvas;  Silicon Integration Initiative

Rounds: 2
Recent Fundings: Jun 2005
Capital raised: 10.7M
Last Round: 5.2M
Ownership: Acquired by Cadence Design Systems (2007  amount undisclosed)
VCs include: AsiaTech ManagementTelos Venture PartnersU.S. Venture Partners;  KT Venture Group
Corporate investors: Intel

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Record updated: Aug 2007
Sector: Semiconductor
Year Founded: 2003
Rounds: 2
Recent Fundings: Jun 2005
Capital Raised: 10.7M
Last Round: 5.2M
Ownership: Acquired by Cadence Design Systems (2007  amount undisclosed)