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About Soft Machines

Soft Machines is a late-stage semiconductor startup with operations in the U.S., India and Russia. The company is in the business of licensing and co-developing VISC-architecture-based Core and SoC products for IoT, mobile and cloud markets. Corporate headquarters are in Santa Clara, California, USA with operations in India and Russia.

Soft Machines Headquarter Location

3211 Scott Blvd Suite 202

Santa Clara, California, 95054,

United States


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Soft Machines Patents

Soft Machines has filed 104 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Instruction processing
  • Parallel computing
  • Instruction set architectures
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Instruction set architectures, Instruction processing, Parallel computing, Microprocessors, Computer security exploits


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Instruction set architectures, Instruction processing, Parallel computing, Microprocessors, Computer security exploits



Latest Soft Machines News

Team develops mechanism to control actuation, cooling and energy conversion for soft robotics

May 26, 2022

A transducer combining liquid crystal elastomers with a thermoelectrical device provides advantages like active cooling and regenerative energy harvesting for soft robotics. Credit: Soft Machines Lab, Carnegie Mellon University The shape memory polymers known as liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) are increasingly popular for uses in soft robotics, haptics, and wearable computing. Functioning as actuators, they can allow materials to contract, expand, change shape, and perform like biological muscles do. Because the action is controlled through heating and passive cooling , efforts to speed up these processes and increase energy efficiency are critical to advancing the work. A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Robotics Institute sought to tackle this challenge by combining LCEs with a thermoelectric device (TED). The collaborators developed a soft, flexible mechanism capable of electrically controlled actuation , active cooling, and thermal-to-electrical energy conversion. They also introduced a new manufacturing process for stretchable and bendable thermoelectric devices using 3D printing. The findings were published in the journal Advanced Materials. The LCE-TED mechanism functions as a transducer —an electrical device that converts one form of energy into another. A thin layer of TED contains semiconductors embedded within a 3D printed elastomer matrix. It is wired with eutectic gallium-indium (EGaIn) liquid metal connections. TEDs operate with dual functionality as both heaters and coolers in one mode and energy harvesters in the other. Because the layer is covered with LCEs on both sides, the TED can alternately heat and cool the LCE layers. In addition, it can harvest energy from the changes in temperature. "The ability to recover energy from residual heat and thermal gradients could contribute to improved energy efficiency and longevity of the host electronic device or robotic system," said Carmel Majidi, a professor of mechanical engineering who directs the Soft Machines Lab. Soft robotics demonstrations revealed advantages of the LCE-TED transducers for use in practical applications: fast and accurate tracking due to active cooling; autonomous, "smart" maneuvering of a two-limbed walker toward a heat source; and regenerative energy harvesting. "This demonstrates the potential for creating soft robotic systems that can harvest some of the electrical power they need from energy in the environment around them," said Mason Zadan, a Ph.D. student and the lead author of the study. Additional research will seek to integrate the transducers into the limbs of soft robots to more fully realize LCE-TED's potential. Another aspect of the work will aim to further develop the energy harvesting and controls capabilities using untethered soft robotic platforms. Explore further

Mar 11, 2021
A touch of silver
  • When was Soft Machines founded?

    Soft Machines was founded in 2006.

  • Where is Soft Machines's headquarters?

    Soft Machines's headquarters is located at 3211 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara.

  • What is Soft Machines's latest funding round?

    Soft Machines's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • How much did Soft Machines raise?

    Soft Machines raised a total of $110.68M.

  • Who are the investors of Soft Machines?

    Investors of Soft Machines include Intel, Techfarm Ventures, RVC and OneAngstrom.

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