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Movidius raises USD 16M in Series D funding

Movidius announced a $16 million Series D funding round led jointly by Atlantic Bridge, DFJ Esprit and Robert Bosch Venture Capital, with participation from existing investors Capital E, AIB Seed Capital Fund and private investors.
This new round will be used to accelerate Movidius’ next-generation products and build its presence and R&D team in Silicon Valley, where its new U.S. headquarters are located. The investment will accelerate the development of Movidius’ ultralow power and high-performance, multi-core architecture, designed specifically to enable innovative imaging and vision applications that were never feasible before on mobile platforms. New applications include post-capture refocusing, high quality zoom, augmented reality simulation, gaze or gesture-based user interfaces, advanced location-based services, modeling and scanning for 3D printing.

“This new investment allows us to bring our latest computational imaging processor to market early next year, and continue to innovate ground-breaking mobile applications with software partners,” said Remi El-Ouazzane, Movidius CEO. “Meeting the constant increases in processing power needed to deliver a quality user experience at the right power envelope for advanced mobile applications has required an entirely fresh approach to architecture and not just an incremental enhancement to existing technologies.”

Remi recently joined Movidius from Texas Instruments where he served as Vice President and worldwide General Manager of the Open Multimedia Applications Platform (OMAP) Business Unit. In this role, he pioneered the first OMAP application processor for the Android platform and spearheaded the development of the OMAP 4 platform, one of the most successful application processors for delivery of stunning multimedia experiences through increased performance and low power consumption. He led development of strategic relationships with Amazon, Google and Microsoft, and dramatically increased revenue during his tenure overseeing operations, R&D and global sales and marketing for the OMAP Business Unit.

Dan Dobberpuhl, who helped shape the modern semiconductor industry, has been appointed as Movidius Chairman of the Board. Brian Long of Atlantic Bridge, Brian Caulfield of DFJ Esprit and Hongquan Jiang of Robert Bosch Venture Capital will also serve on the Board of Directors.

Dan was the founder of P.A. Semi, which was purchased by Apple for $278 million in 2008. The company employed a 150-person engineering team who had previously worked on processors such as Itanium, Opteron and UltraSPARC. In 1998 he co-founded SiByte, where as president he led the design of the SB1250 high performance MIPS System-on-a-Chip processor. Broadcom purchased SiByte for stock worth more than $2 billion in November 2000. He was the lead designer for three generations of Digital Equipment Corporation’s Alpha processor and founded and directed the company’s Palo Alto, California design center in 1993 where the StrongARM architecture was designed.

“This new Movidius computational image-processing architecture opens up completely new possibilities on mobile devices that were once the realm of science fiction,” said Dan Dobberpuhl, Movidius Chairman of the Board. “In the near future, high-performance applications like visual search and 3D-enabled e-commerce using smartphones and tablets with minimal battery drain are within our grasp.”

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