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Japanese AIoT Chip Manufacturer NanoBridge Semiconductor Secures Series A Funding

NanoBridge Semiconductor, Inc. (NBS) has secured Series A financing of USD 1.25 Million (130 Million Yen) from Japan Industrial Partners and NEC for launching a full-scale business.

NanoBridge Semiconductor or NBS currently designs and manufactures advanced circuits and conducts IP-licensing sales using NanoBridge. NanoBridge is a resistance-change switching technology for semiconductors. As part of its Series A funding, NBS offered preferred stock to Japan Industrial Partners, Inc., NEC Corporation and other companies to raise approximately 130 million yen or USD 1.25 million.

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What is NanoBridge Semiconductor’s Background? 

NanoBridge Semiconductor was established as a venture company in 2019 in Tsukuba, Japan, to “Deliver ICT applications everywhere with the Nanobridge technology.” NEC researchers played a big role in its set up in 2019.

At the time of this announcement, said Osamu Fujikawa, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation said –

“Under the Mid-term Management Plan 2020, NEC is strengthening its business development capabilities and commercializing competitive technologies.”

Osamu added, “We have invested in NBS to support the enthusiasm of our researchers for taking on new challenges and driving the advancement of outstanding NEC technologies into the worldwide marketplace.”

Currently, NBS provides low-power and rad-hard programmable AIoT terminals and nonvolatile memory through NanoBridge. At NBS, customers come first. NBS strives to build deep relationships with customers and works together for opening up a New Normal Society.

What is NanoBridge Technology for AIoT Terminals? 
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NanoBridge is a technology to control the creation or destruction of nanometer-sized metal bridges in a solid electrolyte through the application of voltage, thereby realizing on and off-switch status.

It is attracting attention as an ideal technology for FPGA(2) and memories that can repeatedly rewrite circuits. This is because NanoBridge consumes less power, as it does not require power to maintain an on or off status, and is highly resistant to both radiation and extreme temperatures.

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NEC has an established history of promoting the commercialization of NanoBridge, and decided to transfer NanoBridge-related intellectual property to NBS and conduct a spin-off in order to further drive the growth of this business.

How would Series A Funding Help NBS Operations? 

Through this fundraising, NBS will demonstrate its technologies in areas where radiation resistance is essential, such as aerospace and communications infrastructure.

At the same time, NBS will develop a broad range of NanoBridge businesses for domestic and international manufacturers, such as IoT device and automobile manufacturers, while aiming to achieve sales of 5 billion yen in 2025.

“The discovery of the atomic switch, based on the movement of atoms rather than electrons, was a major breakthrough in basic science,” said Richard E. Dyck, Director, Japan Industrial Partners, Inc.

Richard added, “The team at NanoBridge, after two decades of skilled and focused engineering, has transformed this breakthrough into the realm of practical application. It is exciting to see the NanoBridge atomic switch can now be manufactured economically and in volume, on standard production equipment.”

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