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.

Board of Directors

Gene Sheridan

Executive Chairman, Founder

Gene Sheridan brings over 30 years of experience in power management & semiconductors. Gene is currently the CEO of Navitas Semiconductor, the industry’s first and only GaN Power IC company. In prior roles, Gene was CEO of the VC-backed IC start-up, BridgeCo, capturing 80% market share in the wireless audio market, achieving extraordinary revenue & profit growth, and completing the company’s eventual sale to SMSC. Prior to BridgeCo, Gene was VP & GM at International Rectifier, where he managed a $600M/yr business unit serving the consumer, mobile and enterprise markets. At IRF, Gene held several positions that spanned engineering, manufacturing, sales & marketing and was responsible for the creation of a $70M/yr start-up. Gene holds a BSEE from Clarkson University.

Tim Phillips

Chief Executive Officer & President, Founder

Tim Phillips has an impressive track record of delivering profitable results while building innovative power management businesses over his 25-year career in the semiconductor industry. In prior roles with the company, Tim has served as Chief Operating Officer and as SVP Sales & Marketing since founding Empower in 2014. In prior roles, Tim served as VP of North America for Infineon, where he was responsible for more than $600M in annual sales. Previously, Tim founded the Enterprise Power BU at International Rectifier where he served as VP & General Manager, growing the business to more than $150M in annual revenue. Tim earned both his MBA and BSEE from the University of Rhode Island. He holds 20 US patents with several others pending.

Adam E. Beren

Adam E. Beren is the Chairman and President of Berexco LLC an independent oil and gas producer with headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. He is the 4th generation of his family to be actively involved in the business. Adam earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his Master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Adam also heads Trenton Agri Products LLC, an ethanol production facility, and is an investor in numerous businesses and startups through his family office.  Regal I is the ownership entity of the Beren family office. 

Edward Chyau

Edward has been a board member at HYPR and Managing Partner of Mesh Ventures since 2015. He helps startups succeed by working closely alongside founders and connecting them with global strategic partners—predominantly in the electronics and semiconductor industry. Edward has helped build companies across multiple industries, connecting resources from Taiwan, China, and the U.S. Edward’s multidisciplinary engineering background and experience working with a wide range of technologies allow him to guide teams through the process of developing and commercializing cutting-edge products. Edward holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Applied Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jeff Holland

Jeff has over 30 years of global financial services experience. He is a retired partner of Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH). As a partner, Jeff lived in London and was Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group.  He also served on BBH’s Investor Services Oversight, Systems Oversight, and International Risk and Credit Committees as well as Chairman or Director of all BBH’s non-US subsidiaries in Europe and Asia.  Before joining BBH, Jeff worked for Accenture in Boston, New York, and Frankfurt where he provided consulting services to the financial services industry. Since retiring from his daily roles, Jeff has devoted his time to advising and investing in new companies and philanthropic activities.  In addition to Empower Semiconductor, Jeff is currently a director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Funds, an Advisor to Novaya Real Estate Ventures, a director of the United Way of Mass Bay and the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, and President of the Governors Island Club, LLC. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Finance from Clarkson University and currently lives in Boston with his family.

Kevin Leary 

Kevin Leary has 18 years of professional investment and accounting experience. He is the President of Hallador Investment Advisors, a family office and SEC-registered investment advisor to private investment funds.  Kevin is responsible for Hallador’s overall operations and sits on its Investment Committee. He was previously Hallador’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and an investment analyst. In addition to Empower, Kevin’s present and past Board and Board Observer roles include Navitas Semiconductor (NASDAQ: NVTS), Talage Insurance, Orchid Asia (LPAC), MCR Hotels (LPAC), Calibrate Ventures (LPAC), and Shea Ventures (LPAC). Prior to joining Hallador in 2015, Kevin spent five years as an investment analyst with Spitfire Capital in San Francisco, California, a value-oriented, fundamental, research-intensive domestic equities fund. He also contributed to Spitfire’s accounting, operations, marketing, compliance and trading activities. Previously, Kevin spent four years at Grant Thornton, LLP, a global accounting and advisory services firm, where he most recently served as a Manager in the Valuation Services Group. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Santa Clara University.