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 Leading Power Management Solutions at TSMC Open Innovation Summit

Jan 11, 2022 | Press Release

Empower was invited by TSMC to showcase its innovative and efficient power management products in to minimize the energy footprint of the digital economy

Milpitas, Calif., 11th, January 2022 Empower Semiconductor, Inc., the world leader in Integrated Voltage Regulators (IVRs), participated by invitation from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC, NYSE: TSM) to showcase their business and technology at the TSMC Open Innovation Summit (OIS) in Santa Clara, CA on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022.   Empower uniquely utilizes TSMC advanced CMOS processes to deliver the industry’s smallest, fastest, energy efficient and most integrated power management IC’s which enable tremendous system space and energy savings.

The TSMC OIS brings together a small and select group of TSMC’s emerging start-up partners and more established customers, electronics distributors, venture capitalists, and ODM/OEM systems companies. The aim of the Summit is to encourage dialogue leading to business and/or technical collaborations, technical licensing and joint enterprises that would benefit participating parties. Empower Semiconductor showcased its Integrated Voltage Regulator (IVR) series and its E-Cap™ silicon capacitor technology. 

By switching voltages and currents up to 1,000x faster than existing solutions, Empower’s IVR products offer dramatic energy savings to data centers that previously would not have been possible. It is estimated that adoption of IVRs by the world’s data centers would enable annual electricity savings of up to 285 TWh by 2025 ($32 billion), or 150 million tons of carbon dioxide every year.  Empower’s E-CAP technology can be the ideal replacement of MLCC products as a power supply bypass capacitor in low voltage DC/DC voltage regulators and in-package for SoC’s and Processors.  This silicon capacitor technology features superior stability with no DC or AC bias de-rating, no temperature de-rating, and no significant effects of aging.  Combined with the ultra-low ESL (<15pH), height as low as 50µm thickness and tiny die size, E-CAP provides a highly simplified and reliable solution to the system designer. 

The event follows Empower’s recent announcements of volume production of its first generation IVR along with a $45 million investment to further accelerate the global expansion of its salesforce and operational footprint as well as to fund development of next generation Empower IVR™ semiconductor technology.  

Presenting at OIS, Tim Phillips, Founder and CEO of Empower Semiconductor, stated, “This is an exciting time for Empower Semiconductor as we continue to demonstrate the execution and commercialization of the most innovative power management technologies to date with our Empower IVR and E-CAP product families.  Our strong financial backing and deeply innovative team combined with our close business and technical collaboration with industry leaders like TSMC are enabling Empower to set the performance benchmarks in the industry.”

TSMC Open Innovation Summit Tuesday, January 11th, 2022


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Recent Empower Announcements:

Global Distribution and Customer Support:  Empower Semiconductor Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Mouser Electronics to Deliver Next-Generation IVR Technology (news)

Short Lead Times:  World’s Smallest and Fastest Voltage Regulators Now in Production with 10 Week Lead Times (news)

Major Funding: Empower Announces a $45 Million Series C1 Financing to Fund Global Expansion and Development of Next-Generation Semiconductors (news)

Leadership:  Empower welcomes Edward Chyau, Managing Partner of Mesh Ventures to its Board of Directors.  Extensive experience supports mission to minimize the energy footprint of the digital economy (news)

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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