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YADRO expands its advanced technology portfolio with a strategic investment in Syntacore, a recognized semiconductor IP vendor focused on designing high-performance low-power microprocessor cores based on RISC-V ISA

The acquisition enables YADRO to:

• Amalgamate YADRO's high-performance server and data storage expertise with Syntacore's advanced microprocessor expertise

• Expand its product portfolio in contiguous market segments

• Address growing global demands for optimized microprocessors in the transformational era of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and autonomous systems

• Join forces with a technology leader who shares a common principle of global technology collaboration
November 5, 2019, Moscow — YADRO, a Russian technology company and a member of ICS Holding, has become a shareholder of Syntacore, a Russian microprocessor core developer. The acquisition deal is a part of the long-term YADRO strategy to expand its presence in contiguous market segments.

"Syntacore has a solid position on the rapidly growing global market of semiconductor IP and customized semiconductor solutions. (The market size has been estimated at more than $25 billion in 2018 with a growth forecast at $100 billion in 2025.) YADRO has acquired a controlling interest of 51% in Syntacore. Our investment is a unique opportunity not only to address the growing global demands for optimized microprocessors in the transformational era of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and autonomous systems, but also to create a solid expertise for developing a robust product portfolio for the Russian market and ICS Holding's ecosystem of product companies on the basis of modern microprocessor design in Russia," said Artem Ikoev, YADRO's CTO.

YADRO and Syntacore share common principles of technology development based on close global collaboration. YADRO is a Platinum member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open consortium that granted open access to a set of microprocessor architecture instructions (Power ISA) in August 2019.

Syntacore is one of the founders of the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC-V) Foundation, an open international consortium, whose goal is to develop and evangelize RISC-V, an open microprocessor architecture.

Technologies based on RISC-V are rapidly gaining popularity not only in the segments of customized and optimized systems where millions of microprocessors have already been created on the basis of RISC-V cores. They are also advancing thanks to the active ecosystem growth in the general-purpose microprocessor technology segment. In August 2019, RISC-V architecture was selected as the technological foundation for the European Processor Initiative (EPI). Its goal is to create microprocessors and accelerators for building a European exabyte-scale supercomputer, as well as the new generation of autonomous transport systems and the line of processors for cloud-based data storage centers with radically optimized capabilities. At the same time, one of the initiative's goals is to enable European Union's independence in the strategically vital area of technology.
Syntacore is one of the RISC-V ecosystem leaders that licenses its own microprocessor technologies designed on the basis of RISC-V architecture to the clients in Russia and other countries. The company's products are developed on the basis of its own processor technologies varying from 180 to 7nm. Syntacore's client and partner network covers companies in Russia, Europe, Asia and USA. Syntacore IP-based chips are already being mass-produced by the company customers.

The parties are not disclosing commercial details of the acquisition. Similar global companies from the RISC-V ecosystem have a history of investing tens of millions in US dollars (with the evaluation at hundreds of millions in US dollars). For example, SiFive received a total investment of $129M in US Dollars, while Esperanto Technologies received an investment of $58M in US Dollars.

"The lion share of the investment will be allocated to the geographic expansion of the company. In addition, it will be utilized to develop new products that will considerably extend the IP portfolio and address the growing demands in microprocessor technologies optimized for IoT and AI products," said Alexander Redkin, Syntacore's CEO.

Syntacore initially raised venture capital funding from TerraVC, a venture capital firm focused on investing in hard-to-replicate technologies for the energy and IT sectors. The firm operates in Russia, North America, South-East Asia and in the Middle East. The deal with YADRO provided a complete exit for TerraVC.

"Syntacore team is rapidly growing. It has been able to build a portfolio of global customers from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Russia. TerraVC will keep investing in outstanding technology teams able to successfully compete on the global market," Petr Lukyanov, Partner at TerraVC, said.
November 5, 2019, Moscow — YADRO, a Russian technology company and a member of ICS Holding, has become a shareholder of Syntacore, a Russian microprocessor core developer. The acquisition deal is a part of the long-term YADRO strategy to expand its presence in contiguous market segments.

"Syntacore has a solid position on the rapidly growing global market of semiconductor IP and customized semiconductor solutions. (The market size has been estimated at more than $25 billion in 2018 with a growth forecast at $100 billion in 2025.) YADRO has acquired a controlling interest of 51% in Syntacore. Our investment is a unique opportunity not only to address the growing global demands for optimized microprocessors in the transformational era of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and autonomous systems, but also to create a solid expertise for developing a robust product portfolio for the Russian market and ICS Holding's ecosystem of product companies on the basis of modern microprocessor design in Russia," said Artem Ikoev, YADRO's CTO.

YADRO and Syntacore share common principles of technology development based on close global collaboration. YADRO is a Platinum member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open consortium that granted open access to a set of microprocessor architecture instructions (Power ISA) in August 2019.

Syntacore is one of the founders of the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC-V) Foundation, an open international consortium, whose goal is to develop and evangelize RISC-V, an open microprocessor architecture.

Technologies based on RISC-V are rapidly gaining popularity not only in the segments of customized and optimized systems where millions of microprocessors have already been created on the basis of RISC-V cores. They are also advancing thanks to the active ecosystem growth in the general-purpose microprocessor technology segment. In August 2019, RISC-V architecture was selected as the technological foundation for the European Processor Initiative (EPI). Its goal is to create microprocessors and accelerators for building a European exabyte-scale supercomputer, as well as the new generation of autonomous transport systems and the line of processors for cloud-based data storage centers with radically optimized capabilities. At the same time, one of the initiative's goals is to enable European Union's independence in the strategically vital area of technology.

Syntacore is one of the RISC-V ecosystem leaders that licenses its own microprocessor technologies designed on the basis of RISC-V architecture to the clients in Russia and other countries. The company's products are developed on the basis of its own processor technologies varying from 180 to 7nm. Syntacore's client and partner network covers companies in Russia, Europe, Asia and USA. Solutions on the basis of the company's technologies are being used in commercial semiconductor products.

The parties are not disclosing commercial details of the acquisition. Similar global companies from the RISC-V ecosystem have a history of investing tens of millions in US dollars (with the evaluation at hundreds of millions in US dollars). For example, SiFive received a total investment of $129M in US Dollars, while Esperanto Technologies received an investment of $58M in US Dollars.

"The lion share of the investment will be allocated to the geographic expansion of the company. In addition, it will be utilized to develop new products that will considerably extend the IP portfolio and address the growing demands in microprocessor technologies optimized for IoT and AI products," said Alexander Redkin, Syntacore's CEO.

Syntacore initially raised venture capital funding from TerraVC, a venture capital firm focused on investing in hard-to-replicate technologies for the energy and IT sectors. The firm operates in Russia, North America, South-East Asia and in the Middle East. The deal with YADRO provided a complete exit for TerraVC.

"Syntacore team is rapidly growing. It has been able to build a portfolio of global customers from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Russia. TerraVC will keep investing in outstanding technology teams able to successfully compete on the global market," Petr Lukyanov, Partner at TerraVC, said.
About YADRO
YADRO is a Russian technology company focused on changing a business approach to technology transformation challenges. The company develops and manufactures data processing and storage systems.

YADRO is a leader in enterprise data storage and computing systems on the Russian market, according to the information reported by international analytical agencies.

Global technology collaboration is the foundation of YADRO's business strategy. The company is a member and an active participant of key global technology associations. The company's R&D centers are located in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia. YADRO's manufacturing sites are located in the Moscow region. The company's team consists of more than 300 members. YADRO's engineers have authored numerous technology patents and thought leadership articles.

YADRO's clients are the largest enterprise companies and organizations in Russia in the areas of finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, as well as federal government.
About Syntacore
Syntacore is one of the leading RISC-V compatible core vendors with its own design center in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The company significantly contributes to RISC-V technology development. It offers a diverse product line of IP cores based on RISC-V ISA, as well as supplementary tools.

Syntacore has a unique team of engineers with international patents in the area of processor technologies. The team core has more than 10 years of experience in product development and research projects gained in Intel within technology standards up to 14 nanometers. The team's key areas of expertise are high-performance energy-efficient processor technologies, optimization of computing device architecture based on specific applied tasks, as well as compiler technologies.
ICS Holding LLC is a Russian multi-profile IT structure whose main goals are investing in, managing and consolidating the Telecommunications, Media and Technology market. ICS Holding is a unified ecosystem that consists of 25 IT companies, including Citadel, Forpost, YADRO, Kryptonite, and Nexign among others.

The total number of ICS Holding team exceeds 6000 members. The holding's business covers all Russian regions, as well as CIS and global countries.

About ICS Holding
ICS Holding priority sectors include Digital Enterprise Transformation, Information Security, Data Storage Systems, Big Data, Development and Integration of Operation Support Systems for Telecommunication Carriers, Cryptography and Quantum Computing, Machine Learning and Neural Networks, Blockchain Technologies and Artificial Intelligence.

The holding's mission is to contribute to developing digital economy in Russia and on the global market, as well as to support Russian IT talents in various business industries.
ICS Holding LLC is a Russian multi-profile IT structure whose main goals are investing in, managing and consolidating the Telecommunications, Media and Technology market. ICS Holding is a unified ecosystem that consists of 25 IT companies, including Citadel, Forpost, YADRO, Kryptonite, and Nexign among others.

The total number of ICS Holding team exceeds 6000 members. The holding's business covers all Russian regions, as well as CIS and global countries.

ICS Holding priority sectors include Digital Enterprise Transformation, Information Security, Data Storage Systems, Big Data, Development and Integration of Operation Support Systems for Telecommunication Carriers, Cryptography and Quantum Computing, Machine Learning and Neural Networks, Blockchain Technologies and Artificial Intelligence.

The holding's mission is to contribute to developing digital economy in Russia and on the global market, as well as to support Russian IT talents in various business industries.