ChipFlow Raises £1.2M in Pre-Seed Funding


ChipFlow, a Cambridge, UK-based startup building an open source semiconductor chip design platform (PaaS), raised £1.2M in pre-seed financing.

The round was led by Fontinalis Partners with participation from Fuel Ventures, InMotion Ventures, APX, and others.

The company intends to use the funds to expand its team, hiring engineering talent to further enhance its open-source software tools and accelerate product development efforts, while progressing early commercial engagements.

Founded in 2021 by Rob Taylor (CEO), Tomi Rantakari (CCO), and Staf Verhaegen (CTO), ChipFlow provides a Platform as a Service offering with will enable OEMs to design and order integrated circuits. The platform provides cloud-scalable debug, test, simulation, and formal verification frameworks out of the box, connecting this with both industry standard semiconductor foundries and novel IC manufacturing processes, like plastic chips, GaN and SiGe.

The company is currently building its MVP platform together with lead customers across a number of sectors, including automotive.  ChipFlow has also collaborated closely with several leaders across the broader open-source software, hardware, and chip design industries, having received significant early contributions from Ian Page, Matt Venn, Michel Laudes, Catherine Zotova and Myrtle Shah. To date, the company is building upon Amaranth, a novel, Python-based hardware description language that transforms productivity for designing digital ICs.