Report: Israel Leads Semiconductor Investment in Europe Ami Rohex Dumba | 11/05/2020 Contact author sharing Screenshot from the report A new study by the Semico Research and Consulting Group conducted for Arm, reveals new data on the investments and activities of start-ups in the field of semiconductors. The study examined the scope of recruitment by semiconductor startups from around the world, how many investments were made in the various continents and countries in the world and what are the leading and hottest trends in the field. The field of semiconductors is huge and includes many sub-fields. Behind every technological solution in the world is dedicated hardware. Whether they are the simplest gadgets or huge and high-performance computing systems, there is a dedicated chip / chip behind each of them. According to the research company, in recent years this field has grown significantly. The increase in the number of technological devices along with a sharp increase in the deployment and development of IoT products has raised a demand among the industry for many types of new chips with a large proportion of them, specially engineered for specific applications and tasks. More than once we have heard of dedicated image processing chips, dedicated chips for running and accelerating artificial intelligence and even innovative Wi-Fi chips. Israel is ranked second in the world and first in Europe According to research in North America, the largest number of start-ups operate in the field - about 55% of all start-ups. In Europe (Israel is associated with the report in Europe) about 29% of the companies operate and in Asia about 16% of the companies operate. Israel is ranked second in the world in the number of start-ups operating in it, after the United States, ahead of countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, which are ranked behind it. Investments in the world and in Israel - Israel has more investments than all the countries combined The analysis of investments by continents and countries shows that the percentage of investments for Israeli companies is the highest in Europe and stands at over 50%. In fact, the volume of investments in Israel is greater than the cumulative investments of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland combined. The continent with the highest percentage of investment is North America, which holds about 66% of all investments worldwide from 2015 to the first quarter of 2020. Start-ups in Europe raised a total of 33% of all investments and in Asia Pacific (China was not included in the study). Of all investments. The research firm calculated that the average recruitment of semiconductor companies. Companies from North America and Europe raise an average of $ 22 million per round and companies in Asia Pacific raise an average of $ 8.5 million per round. From 2015 to the first quarter of 2020, start-ups that have raised a total of $ 100 million or more have raised a total of $ 1.3 billion. Over the past five years, the volume of investments in start-ups in the field has increased (Graph 5 shows the blue columns each year). - 2017 saw a 190% increase in the volume of recruitments and the increase has continued since 2020. The increase in 2020 represents the first quarter of the year. According to Semico's report, there was a 115% increase in the volume of investments in startups in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. Moreover, despite the Corona virus crisis, it seems that the volume of investments in the first quarter of 2020 is even slightly larger than in the first quarter of 2019 If we examine the volume of investments throughout the year, we will find an increase of about 84% in the volume of investments between 2018 and 2019, when it is estimated that a more moderate increase is expected between 2019 and 2020, probably due to the corona virus crisis. The hottest trends in the industry Over the past 15 years the various startups have focused on key areas such as servers, wired and wireless communication solutions and IoT. At the same time, the new study reveals that in the last five years, the field of artificial intelligence - AI has become very prominent and central. It is important to remember that artificial intelligence is everywhere, in means of transportation, in servers, in telephones, in factories and in many other places. Accordingly, many startups develop chips that are related or combine artificial intelligence into different and diverse fields. Semico's research reveals the percentage of start-ups active in various fields. high performance computing - HPC is a target area for about 47% of start-ups. 33% of start-ups are geared towards the automotive field, followed by the IoT field with 32% of the companies focusing on the field. 29% of the companies are engaged in developing applications for consumers, 21% are engaged in the military and aviation world. The field of retail and communications does not attract the focus of many companies with less than 10% of companies choosing to engage in the field.