Essensium is a spin-off of the international research center IMEC. It was founded in March 2005. IMEC provided the majority of the initial seed funding.
In March 2006, Atlantic Quantum became a strategic investor.
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its research focuses on the next generations of chips and systems, and on the enabling technologies for ambient intelligence. IMEC's research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technology development in industry. IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. Its staff of about 2000 people includes close to 750 industrial residents and guest researchers, from 75 nationalities. Its revenues exceed EUR 300 million.
Atlantic Quantum is a wholly owned investment subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd., the investment arm of the Malaysia Government. Atlantic Quantum is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Atlantic Quantum makes strategic equity investments within the semiconductor and micro devices industry. It focuses on investing in promising IC design and fabless semiconductor companies that can leverage Silterra's core competencies.
Silterra is a leading pure play foundry with advanced CMOS process technologies based in Kulim, Malaysia. It is a sister company of Atlantic Quantum, and majority owned by Khazanah Nasional Bhd.