Creating more energy-efficient consumer electronics starts at the chip level. CamSemi, a fabless semiconductor startup based in the UK, is designing energy-saving integrated circuits for the power supply consumer electronics market. The five-year-old company this week raised a Series C round of $26 million from 3i Group, Scottish Equity Partners and Carbon Trust Investments.
More energy-efficient consumer electronics could prove to be a big market as concerned consumers turn to their wallets to fight climate change. And as Adam Workman, partner at Carbon Trust Investments, points out in the release, there is pending legislation that will force manufacturers to reduce energy consumption when their products are in standby mode. CamSemi says its ICs can improve standby energy efficiency by 10-fold and reduce operating mode losses by a factor of three.