Intel Capital invests $60M in tech startups

Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization, announced new investments totaling more than $60 million in 15 technology startups. This latest group of new portfolio companies brings Intel Capital’s year-to-date investing to more than $566 million.

“The world is undergoing a data explosion,” said Wendell Brooks, Intel senior vice president and president of Intel Capital. “By 2020, every autonomous vehicle on the road will create 4 TB of data per day. A million self-driving cars will create the same amount of data every day as 3 billion people. “As Intel transitions to a data company, Intel Capital is actively investing in startups across the technology spectrum that can help expand the data ecosystem and pathfind important new technologies,” he added.

Details of the investments:

  1. Amenity Analytics (New York, U.S.) has built a text analytics platform that allows customers to identify actionable signals from unstructured data. Its open data source architecture and cloud-based computing process combine machine learning, sentiment analysis and predictive analytics.
  2. Bigstream (Mountain View, California, U.S.) provides hyper-acceleration technology that delivers performance gains for Apache Spark using hardware and software accelerators. Hyper-acceleration of big data and machine learning workloads is achieved using advanced compiler technology and transparent support for FPGAs. Bigstream requires no application code changes or special APIs.
  3. LeapMind  (Tokyo, Japan) makes learning with deep neural networks “small and compact” for easy use in any environment. With the aim to achieve the “Deep Learning of Things” (DoT), LeapMind is working on improving the accuracy of neural network models and developing algorithms.
  4. Synthego (Redwood City, California, U.S.) is a provider of genome engineering solutions. The company’s product portfolio includes software and synthetic RNA kits designed for CRISPR genome editing and research.
  5. AdHawk Microsystems (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) is working on human-computer interaction through ultra-precise tracking solutions. The company’s camera-free eye tracking system enables mobile data capture.
  6. Trace (Los Angeles, U.S.) is a sports artificial intelligence company working in the domains of soccer, mountain sports and water sports. Its products combine sensors, video and AI to make performance insights and video highlights available immediately.
  7. Bossa Nova Robotics (San Francisco, U.S.) creates autonomous service robots for the global retail industry.
  8. EchoPixel (Mountain View, California, U.S.) develops 3D medical visualization software. True 3D is being used at UC San Francisco, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic, Lahey Clinic and Hershey Medical Center, among others.
  9. Horizon Robotics (Beijing, China) provides integrated and open embedded artificial intelligence solutions.
  10. Reniac (Mountain View, California, U.S.) distributed data engine is architected to benefit databases, file systems, networking and storage solutions while freeing more CPU resources.
  11. TileDB (Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.) develops and maintains the TileDB project created at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, which was a collaboration between Intel Labs and MIT. TileDB is a system for managing massive, multidimensional array data that frequently arise from scientific applications.
  12. Alcide (Tel Aviv, Israel) delivers a network security platform for container, VM and bare metal data centers operated by multiple orchestration systems.
  13. Eclypsium (Portland, Oregon, U.S.) provides technology that helps organizations defend their systems against firmware, hardware and supply chain attacks.
  14. Intezer (Tel Aviv, Israel) develops cybersecurity solutions that apply biological immune system concepts to the cyberspace, creating the world’s first “Code Genome Database,” by mapping billions of small fragments of malicious and trusted software.
  15. Synack (Redwood City, California, U.S.) provides a scalable, continuous, hacker-powered testing platform that uncovers security vulnerabilities that may remain undetected by traditional penetration testers and scanners.

[Image courtesy: Intel]

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