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27 Jul

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Ambiq Micro Inc. signs distribution agreement with Fujitsu Electronics Inc.

July 27, 2016 | By |

Fujitsu Electronics Europe (FEEU) has become the exclusive distributor of Ambiq Micro products in Europe; Fujitsu will extend its distribution offering with Ambiq’s microcontrollers and real-time-clocks. Ambiq bases its product line on logic that uses sub-threshold switching, for very-low-power operation.

Read more on ambiqmicro.com and edn-europe.com

28 Oct

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Ambiq Micro’s low power MCU enables added functionality in Misfit’s next-generation wearable

October 28, 2015 | By |

Ambiq Micro, the leader in ultra-low power solutions, today announced Misfit, Inc. has selected the Apollo microcontroller (MCU) as the ‘brain’ in the Misfit Shine 2 Fitness and Sleep Monitor.

Announced just last week, the next-generation Misfit Shine 2 provides new features, functions and capabilities without sacrificing its market leading 6-months of battery life.  Shine 2 tracks activity and sleep more accurately with a 3-axis accelerometer and newly added 3-axis magnetometer, displays progress and tells time in a halo of rainbow-colored lights, and gets users motivated with Misfit Move, a feature that encourages users to be active with a vibrational nudge.

“Shine 2 would not be what it is without this processor,” said Steve Diamond, VP of Hardware Engineering at Misfit. “It allowed us to focus less on power optimization and more building a next-generation product with the same great battery life.”

Read more on ambiqmicro.com

20 Oct

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Misfit Debuts The Shine 2, A Bigger, More Powerful Version Enabled by Ambiq Apollo MCU

October 20, 2015 | By |

Over two years ago, Misfit launched an activity monitor called “Shine,” which was among the first breakout successes in the wearable space, offering an attractive alternative to competitors’ then more plastic-looking fitness trackers. In the years since, the company has expanded its product line to include a range of connected devices, including also sleep monitors and connected lightbulbs. Today, Misfit is announcing its newest device, an updated, more powerful version of its flagship wearable, the Shine 2.

Read more on TechCrunch

09 May

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Ambiq Micro signs global distribution deal with Future Electronics

May 9, 2015 | By |

Ambiq Micro, Austin TX, provider of ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, has signed a global distribution agreement with Montreal-based electronics distributor, Future Electronics.

Future will market Ambiq’s real-time clocks (RTCs) and the Apollo family of ARM Cortex microcontrollers (MCUs). The low power devices are based on Ambiq’s patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT) platform. This technology enables the ability to operate transistors at voltage levels that are far below what is considered ‘standard’ by semiconductor industry standards. Read more on EP&T

19 Jan

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Gigaom Ambiq Micro has made a chip that consumes 10 times less energy

January 19, 2015 | By |

Ambiq Micro, a semiconductor company in Austin, Texas, has been working for the last five years to build a lower-power chip by applying to silicon a technology that has been used in quartz wristwatches. It has finally managed to do so in high-enough densities and manufacturing volume to make it worth the consumer electronic industry’s time.

On Monday, it launched its Apollo microcontroller, which can lower the power consumption of the tiny chips used inside wearable devices by as much as 10 times in wake mode and 38 times in sleep mode depending on the type of ARM core used inside the chip. For the consumer, this means a battery life for a smart watch or activity tracker that could last for weeks or months longer than the current standard. Read more on Gigaom.com

10 Nov

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Ambiq Micro Announces $15 Million Funding Round Led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

November 10, 2014 | By |

Ambiq Micro, a leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, today announced that is has closed a $15 million Series C funding round to accelerate the development and marketing of its SPOT™ (Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology) platform. The funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and was supported by existing investors including Austin Ventures, Mercury Fund, and ARM Holdings. KPCB partner Wen Hsieh will be joining Ambiq Micro’s board.

Read more on Yahoo

07 Jan

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Ambiq Micro named to Electronics360 “10 Startups to Follow in 2014″

January 7, 2014 | By |

While the largest companies have the deepest pockets and often make the significant moves and biggest noise in the industry, every large company started out as a small company. As the design and manufacturing of the semiconductor ICs that underlie the electronics industry has become more complex and the industry more disaggregated it is also taking longer for startups and private companies to get to market.

But hope springs eternal and agile startups are often the way technology is brought to market. So Electronics 360 has come up with a list of 10 private companies that we think will be worth keeping an eye on in 2014. One of them could be the next Intel, Qualcomm, ARM or Imagination – or get bought by one of the major players. Read more on Electronics360

25 Nov

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Grand Angels invests in Ambiq Micro

November 25, 2013 | By |

Grand Angels has invested in a semiconductor design company founded by a University of Michigan grad.

Ambiq Micro, a fabless semiconductor company, plans to use the funding to expand its marketing globally, speed up product development and expand design of its primary semiconductor technology, Sub-threshold Power Optimized Technology. Ambiq’s semiconductor technology has a range of end-user applications, such as smart cards, wireless sensors and medical devices.

Grand Angels learned about Ambiq through Michigan-based Huron River Ventures, said Grand Angels President Jody Vanderwel. Vanderwel said Grand Angels looks to invest in companies that have a disruptive solution in their market.

Read more on Grand Rapids Business Journal 

20 Aug

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Ambiq Micro Closes $10M Series B Funding Led By Austin Ventures

August 20, 2013 | By |

Ambiq Micro, a leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits, announced today that it has closed a $10M Series B funding round. The funding was led by Austin Ventures, plus additional participation by the firm’s existing investors including ARM®, Mercury Fund, Huron River Ventures and other investors.

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27 Jun

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Ambiq Micro returns to Ann Arbor to set up office in Venture Accelerator

June 27, 2012 | By |

Ambiq Micro is making a return of sorts to Ann Arbor, opening a new satellite office in the University of Michigan’s Venture Accelerator.

The University of Michigan spin-out that makes tiny, energy-efficient microprocessors moved to Austin, Texas, a few years ago. The new office in the Venture Accelerator will provide two of the start-up’s co-founders space to further its growth.

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