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
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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’s New Ultra-low 1pH ESL Silicon Capacitor Tightens VoltageRegulation for AI Chips

May 6, 2024 | Press Release

The 16.6uF EC1005P ECAP is suitable for embedding into any SoC substrate or interposer

SAN JOSE, Calif.– May 6, 2024 – Empower Semiconductor, the world leader in integrated voltage regulators (IVRs), today unveiled the largest silicon capacitor in its ECAP product family for high frequency decoupling. The new EC1005P is a single 16.6-microfarad (μF) capacitance device suitable for the most demanding power integrity targets as often found in high-performance systems-on-chip (SoCs). It features ultra-low impedance up to 1GHz in a low profile that can be embedded into the substrate or interposer of any SoC, making it ideal for high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

“The performance of SoCs and other large computing processors are constantly increasing,” said Mukund Krishna, senior manager of product marketing, Empower Semiconductor. “It is becoming increasingly difficult to reach the level of power integrity and voltage regulation that these devices require with conventional MLCCs. The EC1005P features close-to-ideal parasitic parameters, allowing these SoCs to operate with reduced voltage margining and ultimately reducing system power.”

The EC1005P ECAP leverages Empower’s high-performance and high-density silicon capacitor technology to fulfill the ‘last inch’ decoupling gap from the voltage regulators to the SoC supply pins. This approach substitutes several discrete components with much lower performance and larger footprint, with a single monolithic device that provides optimal electrical performance and simplifies engineering complexity.

The EC1005P has an ultra-low sub-1-picohenry (pH) equivalent series inductance (ESL) and sub-3-milliohm (mΩ) equivalent series resistance (ESR) and is offered in a compact 3.643 x 3.036-millimeter 120-pad chip-scale package (CSP). The device comes in a standard profile of 784-micron that can be customized for various height requirements. Empower’s industry-leading silicon capacitors provide high stability over voltage and temperature and are not subject to derating or aging like traditional multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs).

The EC1005P ECAP is available for sampling now and will be in volume production in Q4 2024. To learn more about Empower Semiconductor’s solutions, visit www.empowersemi.com.

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About Empower Semiconductor

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 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, shrinking footprints by 3x, increasing efficiency and delivering power with unprecedented simplicity, speed & accuracy. Empower IVR technology solves the power density challenge to address a wide range of applications including mobile, wearables, 5G, AI, and data centers. ECAP revolutionized the capacitor industry as the world’s smallest, highest performing, and 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.

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