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Enpirion integrated power solutions merge with Altera FPGAs

-May 16, 2013

Altera FPGA designers can now coordinate with their new power management team for a synergistic, optimized and complete power solution for their ASICs.

 

Altera Corporation has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Enpirion, Inc., a provider of high-efficiency, integrated power conversion products known as PowerSoCs (power system-on-chip).  The combination of Altera’s FPGAs with Enpirion’s PowerSoCs will offer customers higher performance, lower system power, higher reliability, smaller footprint and faster time-to-market.

 

Ashraf Lotfi, founder and CEO of Enpirion, will serve as an Altera Fellow and chief technologist for Altera’s newly formed Power business unit. 

 

One example of Enpirion’s integrated power solutions is the EN6337, a 3 Amp efficiency-optimized DC-DC buck converter with integrated inductor. This device integrates power switches, inductor, gate drive, controller, and loop compensation in a tiny 4 mm x 7 mm package. This turnkey point-of-load power solution gives the designer a complete power system that is fully simulated, characterized, validated and production qualified.

 

 

The EN6337 integrates power switches, inductor, gate drive, controller, and loop compensation and uses few external components

 

The other series example is the EP53A8xQI – a 1 Amp, 5MHz DC-DC buck converter with integrated inductor. A complete power system-on-a-chip (PowerSoC), the IC integrates power switches, inductor, gate drive, controller, and compensation in a tiny 3mm x 3mm package. This point-of-load solution requires only two tiny external MLCC capacitors.

 

 

A complete power system-on-a-chip (PowerSoC) point-of-load solution requires only two tiny external MLCC capacitors

 

Let’s keep an eye on this merger to see how it will affect Altera’s business and their competition.

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