Intel Capital Reveals 18 New Investments Totaling $77 Million

Most of the time, we find out about companies that have collected venture investments one at a time, via announcements or regulatory filings from the companies themselves. Today Santa Clara, CA-based Intel Capital shook things up a bit, unveiling a big bundle of investments all at once.

The venture wing of the giant chipmaker said in an announcement at the Intel CEO Summit in Huntington Beach, CA, that it has invested $77 million across 18 companies spanning 11 countries, including  Brazil, China, Germany, India, Israel, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Taiwan, the Ukraine, and the United States. All of the companies on the list are working on technologies that relate to Intel’s core PC and server processor business, or to what it called “adjacent” areas of computing such as Internet-based video delivery and consumer electronics.

The amounts Intel invested in each company weren’t revealed. Four of the companies hail from Xconomy home cities, including Ortiva Wireless in the San Diego area (as Bruce reported); Lilliputian Systems in New England; and Verismo Networks and YuMe in the Bay Area. Here’s the full list:

Adaptivity (Charlotte, NC)—IT design and implementation
Althea Systems (Bangalore, India)—Cloud-based video discovery
Anobit (Herzeliya Pituach, Israel)—NAND flash memory products
boo-box (São Paulo, Brazil)—Social media ad distribution
De Novo (Kiev, Ukraine)—Ukraine’s first enterprise-class data center
IPTEGO (Berlin, Germany)—network optimization software
Layar (Amsterdam, Netherlands)—augmented reality platforms for mobile devices
Lilliputian Systems (Wilmington, MA)—small fuel cell batteries for consumer electronics
Ortiva Wireless (La Jolla, CA)—mobile video delivery
Rock Flow Dynamics (Moscow, Russia)—hydrodynamic modeling software for underground oil and gas reservoirs
Select-TV (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)—Internet-based television deployment
SilkRoad Technology (Chicago, IL)—SaaS-based talent management for businesses
Taifatech (Jhubei City, Taiwan)—chip design for digital video delivery systems
Videon Central (State College, PA)—software services for digital media product development
Verismo Networks (Mountain View, CA)—open Internet TV platform
WinChannel (Beijing)—information and sales management software for the consumer industry
YuMe (Redwood City, CA)—vide ad delivery across mobile, desktop, and television (Palo Alto, CA)—semantic search and recommendations for food

Intel also said it had made follow-in investments in five firms: Fonality, GainSpan, JackBe, TecTotal, and Wortal. As Bruce noted, Intel said that it’s been an “excellent” year so far for companies in Intel Capital’s portfolio, with 28 companies exiting this year through either an IPO or acquisition. In 2009, Intel put $327 million into 107 companies, about half of which were outside the United States.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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