Brite Semiconductor, an emerging ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) design services firm headquartered in Shanghai, China, announced today it has raised US$8 million in a Series C round of funding led by Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Gobi Partners, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation.

Founded in Shanghai in 2008, Brite Semiconductor offers a comprehensive lineup of ASIC design services, from design specification through to packaged and final-tested integrated circuits. Committed to processor-based SoC (system on chips) designs, Brite provides front- and back-end design services supported by an expanding IP catalog targeting increasingly complex mobile and consumer applications.

“Building on our success in the China market, Brite Semiconductor is expanding into the U.S. to address its growth segments requiring increasing performance in complex ASIC designs,” said Dr. Charlie Zhi, company President and CEO. “To better serve our customers worldwide, we are expanding our IP and platform portfolio with a wider range of functions such as higher speed interfaces as well as adding employees to expand products and improve support. This latest round of funding will also allow Brite to enhance its R&D capabilities in the IoT market while exploring opportunities up the value chain into the cloud.”

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com