Chinese semiconductor firm AkroStar raises over $78m led by Gaorong Capital

Chinese chip company Xin Yaohui Technology Co., Ltd (AkroStar) has raised over 500 million yuan ($78 million) in its Series A round led by returning investor Gaorong Capital. 

This puts the corpus raised by AkroStar, that offers semiconductor intellectual property (IP) services to chip makers, to 1 billion yuan ($155 million), according to the company statement. 

The round also saw the participation of Matrix Partners China alongside Shanghai-based investment firm Lanpu Ventures, University of Macau Development Foundation, and Macau University of Science and Technology Foundation.

The company’s existing investors such as Sequoia Capital China, GL Ventures, V Fund, Panorama Capital, and Zhuhai Da Heng Qin also topped up.  

The funding raised will be used to spruce up recruitment, technology innovation and product R&D, the startup said in its statement. 

Located at Southeast China’s Zhuhai city, the one-year-old AkroStar offers IP tools to chipmakers that are widely used across sectors such as data centre, smart vehicle, 5G network, IoT, AI, and consumer electronics, among others.

In the statement, AkroStar also disclosed that it has recently roped in Intel’s former global vice president Anwar Awad who will act as the CEO-in-charge of AkroStar’s global business development. There are other global professionals too that the firm has recruited. 

Going forward, AkroStar will work on its domestic R&D team in a bid to expedite the launch of new products. 

Earlier in February 2021, AkroStar made headlines when it closed over 400 million yuan ($62 million) funding in its angel and pre-Series A rounds backed by Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia Capital, V Fund, Gaorong Capital, Green Pine Capital Partners, 5Y Capital and others. 

China’s IC chip design industry is expected to reach nearly 900 billion yuan ($140 billion) by the end of 2025.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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