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Syntiant Snares $25M in Series B

IRVINE, CA, Semiconductor startup has announced successful completion of a Series B raise.
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Syntiant Corp., a semiconductor startup based in Irvine, California, has announced successful completion of a Series B raise. Sunstone Venture Capital Fund, which also invested in Series A, joined this $25 million Series B raise alongside partner Seraph Group and other influential investors including Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, Robert Bosch, Applied Materials, and Motorola.

Syntiant combines innovations in deep learning and semiconductor design to advance machine learning capacities in edge devices like smart phones, watches, speakers and more in IoT. The company's analog neural networks expand the power of artificial intelligence to low-power semiconductors for battery-powered devices ideal for demanding always-on voice, sensor and image tasks.

Sunstone, a diversified capital management and investment firm based in Long Beach, California, participated in Syntiant's Series A raise less than a year ago. Its contributions in the Series A raise helped Syntiant successfully execute its growth plan for 2018, and the rapid advancement of the company has significantly increased the value of Sunstone's initial and continuing investment.

"Syntiant's innovations will bring tremendous value to the AI era. Our fund believes that this is one of the greatest venture opportunities on the market," stated John Shen, founding partner of Sunstone Management. "We're thrilled at their achievement with Series B and excited that this will enable us to continue to deliver returns to partners and investors in our Sunstone Venture Capital Fund."

"We are both humbled and excited to be supported by several of the world's greatest technology companies," said Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. "With participation from existing and new investors, and deeper guidance from our expanded board with the additions of Samir Kumar and Bret Johnsen, we will be able to commercialize Syntiant's neural network technology for battery-powered devices to truly enable pervasive artificial intelligence."

Tuff Yen, a senior fund manager of early round investments for startups and founder of Seraph Group, also both a Series A and B investor, added: "Syntiant has incredible business value due to its solutions to the high-power costs of moving and processing data to support advanced machine learning applications at the device level."

About Sunstone Management

Sunstone Management, with its subsidiary Sunstone Venture Capital Fund, is a diversified private capital management and investment firm offering comprehensive wealth management solutions to high net worth clients worldwide, in particular U.S. new-immigrant families. Focusing on investments in U.S. based small businesses and lower middle markets, its offerings are carefully structured to meet targeted investor goals ranging from short term senior debt products to longer term, equity, growth capital, and venture capital investment strategies.
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