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.

Empower Semiconductor Showcases Innovative Integrated Voltage Regulator (IVR) and Advanced Silicon Capacitor Technologies at APEC 2022

Mar 7, 2022 | Press Release

APEC 2022 – Booth #1824

High-performance regulators and configurable E-CAP™ capacitors minimize the energy footprint of the digital economy

San Jose, Calif., March 7th, 2022: At APEC 2022, Empower Semiconductor, Inc. will be demonstrating the industry’s smallest and fastest integrated voltage regulators (IVRs) alongside innovative silicon-based alternatives to conventional capacitors. In line with its theme of ‘Minimizing the Energy Footprint of the Digital Economy’, the company will also be presenting an industry session paper on addressing power delivery challenges of data-intensive, FPGA-based applications.

Empower’s IVRs are high-performance power management chips designed to provide efficiency, size, and cost benefits to energy-hungry, data-intensive, electronics applications by replacing the traditional power management integrated circuits (PMICs) with a single tiny IC. IVRs integrate all the necessary elements into a single device, providing a multioutput DC/DC voltage regulator system with no external components on the PCB.  Such integration simplifies the design and implementation of voltage regulation circuitry, improves efficiency by eliminating connection losses, reduces susceptibility to EMI, minimizes the bill of materials, enhances overall reliability, and reduces PCB footprint.

Providing the world’s thinnest, most compact and most flexible capacitor solution, Empower E-CAP™ is a compact, high-performance, configurable silicon-based alternative to multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). E-CAP devices offer a capacitance density that is over five times that of leading MLCCs with improved equivalent series inductance (ESL) and equivalent series resistance (ESR) characteristics that dramatically reduce parasitics.

In addition to seeing demonstrations of IVR and E-CAP technology on the Empower booth (#1824) visitors will have the chance to win a pair of Ray-Ban Stories and an Apple AirTag. Additionally, visitors who register for the conference will be able to attend Empower’s industry session presentation scheduled for 10.40am on Tuesday, 22nd March. Entitled ‘Addressing Power Delivery Challenges for FPGAs in Data-Intensive Accelerator Applications’, this session looks at the importance of dynamic voltage scaling, transient response and integration in delivering voltage regulation schemes that keep energy consumption to a minimum when powering these high-performance ICs.

“With its focus on advanced power solutions APEC is the perfect event to showcase Empower technologies for data-intensive, power-hungry applications,” says Tim Phillips, Empower’s CEO, President and Founder. “For many visitors this will be the first opportunity to see the latest IVR and E-CAP innovations and to find out more about how these solutions are helping to minimize the energy footprint of the digital economy.”

For inquiries about Empower’s participation at APEC 2022 or to arrange meetings with Empower IVR and E-CAP specialists please contact Empower at sales@empowersemi.com

About Empower Semiconductor

The exponential increase in the amount of data being communicated and processed around the globe is driving the energy consumption of data centers and communications networks to 17% of total electricity demand worldwide by 2030(1), dramatically increasing pollution, carbon emissions and cost.  Empower Semiconductor was founded with the mission to “minimize the energy footprint of the digital economy” by developing novel fully integrated power management solutions that both increase the performance and reduce the power consumption of energy-hungry, data-intensive applications. 

Traditional power solutions require dozens of discrete components with big footprints, complex designs and deliver power inefficiently with poor response times and inaccuracies. Empower Semiconductor’s patented IVR technology integrates dozens of components into a single IC increasing efficiency, shrinking footprints by 10x and delivering power with unprecedented simplicity, speed & accuracy and with zero discrete components. The Empower IVR™ technology solves the power density challenge to address a wide range of applications including mobile, wearables, 5G, AI, and data centers. In 2020 the capacitor technology platform was added to further address power density. E-CAP revolutionized the capacitor industry as the world’s smallest, highest performing, and incredibly reliable capacitor for wearables, mobile, and SoC applications. The company is based in Silicon Valley, CA and is led by a team of highly experienced power experts and executives.

  • Nature, “How to stop data centres from gobbling up the world’s electricity,” September 2018

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