Kleiner Perkins has led a $37 million series C round in a five-year old chip firm called mCube that aims to change the economics of motion sensing.
New advances in restoring and improving hearing are getting closer to the real thing by going mobile and taking cues from nature.
Apple is now taking most of the smartphone profits, but some component manufacturers are coming along for the ride. Sales of gyroscopes rose 66 percent in 2011 over the prior year as record iOS device sales pushed the small motion sensor market to new highs.
The fourth-generation iPhone launched yesterday, complete with several new microelectromechanical systems (MEMs), which are increasingly an integral part of our gadgets, translating the physical world into the digital one. That’s great for a variety of old-school semiconductor manufacturers as well as some later-stage startups.