Ten power management startups to watch in 2014

January 13, 2014 // By Paul Buckley
As we enter into 2014 here are ten European startups in the power management sector that are worth keeping an eye on to see how they will progress (or slide backwards) this year.

Which ones do you think will make the big breakthrough to become a giant in 'power'?  Which ones will be snapped up by a bigger fish in the pool like the Energy Micro was acquired by Silicon Labs during 2013? Will any of them flounder or 'crash and burn' in 2014?

Here are ten private companies worth tracking in 2014 listed in alphabetical order:

ActLight SA (Lausanne, Switzerland) founded in 2011 is focusing in the field of CMOS photonics by developing new type photodetectors and improving photovoltaic energy harvesting technology. The Swiss company offers on-chip energy harvesting solutions for small CMOS integrated photovoltaic cells.

Visit ActLight at act-light.com/smart_solar/

Amantys based in Cambridge, UK was established by former ARM executives in 2010 as a privately-funded power electronics company, the vision of the company is to transform the design, implementation and control of power electronic systems.

The products the company is developing deliver a scalable, cost effective solution to meet the challenges of designing reliable and efficient power conversion in medium and high voltage applications.

In 2012 Amantys won the Start Up of the Year Award at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs).

In October 2013 - Amantys saw Avago, a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial, and consumer applications, invest $5m in Amantys as part of a strategic investment agreement between the two companies.

The Avago investment will help Amantys accelerate critical IGBT driver development programmes to enhance the company's roadmap of innovative, cost effective gate drive solutions.

See Performance monitoring solution helps provide intelligent control of high power systems

See Avago Technologies makes strategic investment in Amantys

Visit Amantys at www.amantys.com


Anvil Semiconductors
Ltd of Coventry, UK secured £1m in funding during 2013 to help the company speed the development and commercialization of its silicon carbide (SiC)-on-silicon technology for power devices.

Anvil’s long-term objective is to enable the production of SiC materials and devices at a cost