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Menlo Micro Selected as Finalist for GSA’s 2021 ‘Start-Up to Watch’ Award

November 09, 2021

Top Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Recognize Industrywide Impact of Company's Groundbreaking Switch Technology

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IRVINE, Calif., November 9, 2021

Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro), known for reinventing the electronic switch with its Ideal Switch™ technology,  today announced that it has been nominated by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) as a finalist for the GSA’s 2021 ‘Start-Up to Watch’ award. Each year, GSA’s Private Awards Committee nominates the most promising semiconductor companies that have demonstrated unparalleled excellence through their vision, innovation and execution in addressing current and future market opportunities. This year, the prestigious awards will be presented at GSA’s Virtual Awards Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.

“We are honored to be chosen as a finalist for this coveted GSA award recognizing top-performing start-ups pushing the boundaries of technology innovation,” said Russ Garcia, CEO of Menlo Micro. “Our award nomination validates the importance of Menlo Micro’s reinvention of the electronic switch.  Our Ideal Switch technology has revolutionized the most fundamental building block used in all electronic systems and is enabling the next true revolution in the electrification of everything as we accelerate the transition to the digital world.”

After more than 40 years of industry attempts by much larger companies, Menlo Micro has delivered the “holy grail” in next generation switching technology, impacting billions of electronic devices by making them smaller, more energy efficient and more reliable. Leveraging advances in materials science and MEMS technology, Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch is the most important electronic component since the invention of the transistor. The Ideal Switch can handle kilowatts of power while bringing massive 99 percent reductions in size, weight, power consumption and cost to countless products across dozens of industries. These reductions are fundamental to accelerating the transition to the electrification of everything and modernizing an over $100B market for RF and power switching and protection devices in the 21st century.

“The GSA applauds Menlo Micro for its well-deserved nomination as a finalist for the 2021 ‘Start-Up to Watch’ award,” said Jodi Shelton, GSA CEO and co-founder. “Within five years as a fast-growing start-up, Menlo Micro has achieved breakthroughs. This is a game-changing company to watch, and we expect more great things from Menlo Micro in the years ahead.”

GSA’s Private Awards Committee comprises top venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs in the industry. The committee selects nominees for the ‘Start-Up to Watch’ award based on the semiconductor company’s potential to positively change its market through the innovative use of semiconductor technology or a new application for semiconductor technology. For more information on these awards, visit

About Menlo Micro 

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Menlo Micro has created an entirely new category of electronic switches with its Ideal Switch technology. The Ideal Switch eliminates compromises and tradeoffs by combining the benefits of electromechanical and solid-state switches into the best of both worlds. Menlo is bringing more than 99 percent reductions in size, weight, power, and cost to dozens of industries such as medical, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial IoT, and test and measurement. For more information, visit or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

About GSA

GSA is Where Leaders Meet to establish an efficient, profitable, and sustainable high technology global ecosystem encompassing semiconductors, software, solutions, systems, and services. A leading industry organization that represents more than 25 countries and 250 corporate members, including 100 public companies, GSA provides a unique, neutral platform for collaboration, where global executives interface and innovate with peers, partners, and customers to accelerate industry growth and maximize return on invested and intellectual capital. Members of the GSA represent 70 percent of the $450B+ semiconductor industry and continue to grow.

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Menlo Micro and the Ideal Switch are trademarks of Menlo Microsystems, Inc. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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