15 September 2022
Ancora raises NT$456m from ROHM, SAS, uPI and Delta
Fabless design company Ancora Semiconductor Inc, an affiliate of Taiwan-headquartered power supply maker Delta Electronics Inc that focuses on gallium nitride (GaN) devices and their integration, has raised NT$456m in first-round funding from strategic investors Japan-based power semiconductor maker ROHM Co Ltd, SAS (Sino-American Silicon Products Inc) of Hsinchu, Taiwan, Taiwan-based IC design house uPI Semiconductor Corp, and Delta Electronics. The funding is expected to accelerate Ancora’s GaN technology development.
“GaN is the future of power electronics, with benefits of faster switching frequencies, higher efficiency, and lower energy consumption. The ecosystem of GaN technology is evolving rapidly as applications are continuously emerging,” says president Dr T.K. Shing. “We are thrilled to have ROHM, SAS and uPI as our strategic partners and investors. We are also grateful for the commitment by our parent company Delta, a leader in power and thermal management technologies and global provider of smart energy-saving solutions,” he adds. “This powerful alliance will enable us to establish an ecosystem with strong partners in substrate materials, IC design, applications and system solutions, to expedite the adoption of GaN technology that promises unprecedented performance value.”
Ancora’s product line includes GaN discrete components, system-in-package (SiP) and system-on-chip (SoC). Delta’s commitment to provide a wide range of smart energy-saving solutions that leverage its core competence in high-efficiency power electronics is expected to provide additional momentum and fuel Ancora’s long-term growth. Also, the alliance and capital raising is expected to enable Ancora to increase production capability to serve the growing demand for GaN devices in consumer electronics, telecom and automotive applications. The ultimate goal is to maximize GaN performance to accelerate power technology innovation and contribute to achieve sustainable development based on energy efficiency.