About two months ago I reported about a new silicon valley named Montalvo Systems. This firm is working on energy-efficient x86 multi-core processors for ultraportables and notebooks but according to The Tech Report the firm is already struggling with its financials:
The problem is that Montalvo doesn't have a product yet, and it's chugging venture capital money a little too quickly. VentureBeat says the 300-employee startup has already managed to raise $73 million in funding, but that it's run into problems finishing its processor and is running out of money. Montalvo reportedly tried to raise over $100 million in extra funding recently, but it "has come up dry." VentureBeat quotes a venture capitalist Montalvo tried to lure as saying, "There are a lot of people and [they are] burning it quickly." The venture capitalist added, "No matter how much money you raise, it won't last long."
As VentureBeat points out, Montalvo's problems highlight just how difficult it is to challenge Intel in the x86 microprocessor industry today, and how difficult it is to put together complex new processor designs from scratch "even with tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of engineers." VentureBeat says the startup's woes also show how timorous venture capitalists have become in the face of costly semiconductor start-ups.