XMOS Limited
Company typePrivate
IndustrySemiconductors
FoundedJuly 2005, Bristol, UK
Headquarters,
Key people
Mark Lippet (CEO & President)
ProductsVoice controllers, Multicore microcontrollers, xCore, xCORE-200, xCORE-AUDIO, xCORE-VOICE, xCORE VocalFusion, xTIMEcomposer
BrandsxCORE, VocalFusion
Websitewww.xmos.com

XMOS is a fabless semiconductor company that develops audio products and multicore microcontrollers.

History

XMOS was founded in July 2005 by Ali Dixon, James Foster, Noel Hurley, David May, and Hitesh Mehta.[1] It received seed funding from the University of Bristol enterprise fund, and Wyvern seed fund.[2]

The name XMOS is a loose reference to Inmos. Some concepts found in XMOS technology (such as channels and threads) are part of the Transputer legacy.[3]

In the autumn of 2006, XMOS secured funding from Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit, and Foundation Capital.[4] It also has strategic investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Huawei Technologies, and Xilinx Inc, which in 2014 invested $26.2 million.[5] Additionally, they received an investment through the sale of 22.3% of the Company's shares to Prelude Trust plc of Cambridge.[6] In September 2017, XMOS secured $15M in an investment round led by Infineon.[7]

In July 2017, XMOS acquired SETEM,[8][9] a company that specialises in audio algorithms for source separation.[10][11]

In 2019, XMOS raised $19 million in funding from Harbert European Growth Capital and existing investors.[12]

In December 2023, XMOS signed a joint development agreement with Sonical for Headphone 3.0 technology.[13]

Products

Xmos designs multicore microcontrollers under the xCORE series. While the second generation launched in 2015, had dedicated audiocontroller spun off[14] and were used in soundboards as well as headphone amplifiers,[15][16] the third generation was launched in 2020 and focused on applications within the AIoT.[17] The fourth generation added RISC-V compatibility and was announced in December 2022.[18][19]

References

  1. ^ "SETsquared Bristol case study: XMOS". SETsquared Bristol. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  2. ^ Wiggers, Kyle (13 February 2020). "XMOS unveils Xcore.ai, a powerful chip designed for AI processing at the edge". VentureBeat. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Transputer inventor gets funding for his latest semiconductor start up". Science|Business. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  4. ^ Peter Clarke (6 September 2007). "XMOS raises $16 million in Series A funding". EE Times Europe. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
  5. ^ "XMOS Adds Bosch, Huawei and Xilinx as Strategic Investors to Complete $26M Investment Round". www.businesswire.com. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  6. ^ "Transputer inventor gets funding for his latest semiconductor start up". Science|Business. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2024.
  7. ^ Stefan Nicola (7 September 2017). "Funding Boost for U.K. Chip Firm Aiming at Amazon, Apple Voice-Control Market". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  8. ^ Neil Tyler (10 July 2017). "XMOS acquires Setem Technologies to drive the development of next generation voice interfaces". new electronics. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ Clive Maxfield (12 July 2017). "XMOS + Setem could be a game-changer for embedded speech". Embedded.com. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  10. ^ "XMOS acquires Setem Technologies, Inc., to drive the development of next generation voice interfaces". EEJournal. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  11. ^ "XMOS + Setem could be a game-changer for embedded speech". embedded.com. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  12. ^ "XMOS secures $19M funding to accelerate growth". Design And Reuse. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  13. ^ Flaherty, Nick (8 December 2023). "Sonical, XMOS team on Headphone 3.0 dongle". eeNews Europe. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  14. ^ "XMOS shipping hi-res audio". electronicsweekly.com. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  15. ^ "EVGA Nu Audio Pro Review: Who Needs a Sound Card in 2020?". tomshardware.com. 17 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  16. ^ "miniDSP Launches IL-DSP Tiny Headphone Amplifier Based on XMOS xCORE-200". audioxpress.com. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  17. ^ "XMOS adapts Xcore into AIoT 'crossover processor'". 10 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  18. ^ "Brit chip company picks RISC-V for next-gen microcontrollers". theregister.com. 12 December 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  19. ^ "XMOS Joins RISC-V Ecosystem". eetimes.com. 30 May 2023. Retrieved 7 February 2024.

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