High-speed designs use digital components with very fast edge rates in their output signals which can be subjected to significant distortion and degradation creating high bit-error-rates and lower data throughput.  Insertion and reflection losses, crosstalk and impedance mismatch, are all factors, amongst others, influencing the integrity of a transmitted signal.

Empower’s E-CAP silicon capacitors provide wide bandwidth low impedance highly stable decoupling capacitors capable of being placed close and even integrated into an SoC substrate.

Empower Semiconductor is developing power management solutions enabling full unrestricted speed and performance of the latest xPUs.

  • High power density
  • High bandwidth conversion
  • Low power distribution losses
  • Vertical Power

The ability to process data and perform complex calculations at high speeds has been intensified in recent years by leaps in technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3-D imaging and autonomous driving. These technologies have exacerbated the need for faster and more complex processors and architectures.

Equipment designed to operate within a high magnetic field environment can experience power failures or abnormal operating conditions due to the force the magnetic field imposes on ferromagnetic material-based electronics.

Moreover, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices can record false or distorted images due to the inferences from such electronics. Empower’s IVRs regulators use non-ferromagnetic air-core inductors ideal for operating in harsh magnetic environments.

Data being communicated and processed around the globe is rapidly growing, driving the need for a new generation of faster data processing components and elements in data centers and datacom equipment.

Empower Semiconductor offers novel fully integrated power management solutions that both increase performance and solve the power density challenge of space-constrained data-intensive applications.

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System-on-Modules (SOMs) and Computer-on-Modules (CoMs) provide all components of an embedded processing system (processors, communication interfaces, memory blocks, power management, etc.) on a single production-ready printed circuit board (PCB). This modular approach makes them ideal for embedding into a variety of end systems and applications.Empower’s IVRs provide high-density configurable multi-rails regulators enabling rapid and flexible prototyping.

Chiplet architectures are rapidly gaining popularity over monolithic designs in developing complex SoCs. While providing increased performance, design flexibility and upgradability, they do, however, require more complex power management and PCB routing.

Empower’s IVRs can be integrated as an additional chiplet into an SoC increasing the power delivery efficiency and simplifying PCB routing.

Optical Transceivers

Widely used in data centers, optical transceiver modules convert the electrical signals from a switch, router or other piece of networking equipment to an optical signal that can be transferred over a high-speed fiber connection. As transceiver data speeds continue to increase up to and beyond 400Gbps, so too do module power requirements. However, because such modules must conform to industry standard form factors there is no corresponding increase of space in which to accommodate larger power supplies. As a result, efficiency and power density are primary design considerations.

This is why compact, high-efficiency integrated voltage regulators (IVRs) that eliminate the need for external components are the perfect choice for creating the many voltage rails required in today’s optical transceivers.

A  typical optical transceiver power requirement will have a number of different voltage rails that all need to be derived from a single 3.3V system input. The table below illustrates an example of this requirement, which demands a total output power of less than 12W.

A conventional solution would require at least three power management ICs (PMICs) and over 50 other inductive and passive components. However, as shown below, choosing Empower’s integrated voltage regulator (IVR) technology reduces this to just two IVRs and 12 other components. The result is a significantly reduced BOM and a 64% reduction in board space.