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Acquired | Acquired

Total Raised

$12M

About Touchstone Semiconductor

Touchstone Semiconductor specializes in the design and manufacturing of high performance analog integrated circuits. Touchstone is based in Milpitas, CA.On March 3, 2014, Touchstone Semiconductor was acquired by Silicon Labs at a valuation of $1.5M.

Touchstone Semiconductor Headquarter Location

630 Alder Drive

Milpitas, California, 95035,

United States

Latest Touchstone Semiconductor News

Engineer Building Google for Chips

May 1, 2015

Tweet SAN JOSE, Calif. – While working at Micrel and Touchstone Semiconductor, Javier Solorzano took calls from engineers who couldn’t find datasheets, chip prices or performance models of parts they wanted. Now he’s trying to turn those frustrations into an opportunity. Solorzano co-founded startup Elektet to create a Web site to help engineers find and manage information about chips they want to use. With more than 40 such sites already on the Web – beyond the 800-pound gorilla called Google -- he knows the job is an ambitious one. “We are starting with a parametric search engine which is no different than what others have, but we will focus on adding other information engineers need,” Solorzano said. For example, he wants the site to help engineers decipher often clong and ryptic part numbers and their suffixes. “EEs don’t know what they mean, but we’ll help them understand what each letter means with pop-up windows,” he said. When finished he hopes his Web site includes a sketch tool to capture design ideas, a tool to compare parts and save the results and a file system tailored for engineers. He also plans to enlist the help of the engineering community in populating a database of performance metrics on chips. In June, Elektet will post a beta site with the search engine and take feedback from engineers on its look and feel. Then he will get started on the tools, aiming for a full release early next year. Engineers will be able to use the basic sight free. Like Google Drive or DropBox, Elektet will charge a premium for access to storage and tools. Of the sites Solorzano reviewed, FindChips was the closest to his ideal but its tools were not well integrated, he said. Providing a better offering will take time and effort. Solorzano has yet to build relationships with distributors and vendors and start work on the database that someday could contain information on millions of parts. Today, the startup is self-funded with a partner with plans to hire two contract software developers. If all goes well, he may seek investors next year after the site is fully launched. Solorzano had the chance to work for Silicon Labs when it acquired last year his former employer Touchstone, but he decided he wanted to try something new. “We’re trying to make it easy for engineers, minimizing clicks to get to the information they need,” he said. Elektet aims to help engineers make and save comparisons of parts. — Rick Merritt, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, EE Times Related posts:

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Touchstone Semiconductor Patents

Touchstone Semiconductor has filed 4 patents.

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