The History of the PwrSoc Workshop

PwrSoC Workshop 2014

This workshop was chaired by Arnold Alderman from Anagenesis, Inc. He contributed  to PSiP and PwrSoC reports published by the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) as early as 2007. In welcoming the opportunity to chair the workshop in Boston, he stated that “this workshop, as in past workshops, will continue seeking to address a broad number of device and packaging leading-edge technologies, alternative topologies, and manufacturing processes that will enable both the emerging modular and granular PwrSoC providing power delivery for large system on chip platforms, such as microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSP and ASIC chips, where multiple independent power rails enhance system performance. Echoing previous observations by PwrSoC Workshop founder, Tyndall Institute’s Dr. Cian O’Mathuna, we continue to see a significant government and commercial investment growth in PwrSoC enabling technologies via research partnerships between academia and industry”.

PwrSoC Workshop 2012

This workshop was chaired by UC Berkeley Prof. Seth Sanders, one of the pioneers of Power Supply on Chip technology dating back to the mid-1990s. In welcoming the opportunity to host the workshop in San Francisco, he stated that “this workshop will address the broader context of PwrSoC – as well as addressing the concept of board mounted dc-dc converters that replace linear regulators in terms of size and cost but with much higher efficiency, the workshop is going to place particular emphasis on the concept of granular power delivery for large system on chip platforms, such as microprocessors, microcontrollers and DSP chips, where multiple independent power rails enhance system performance. PwrSoC 2012 is the only international technical workshop dedicated to advancing these important leading-edge power conversion technologies.”

PwrSoC Workshops 2008 and 2010

The PwrSoC Workshops 2008 and 2010 were chaired by the workshop founder Tyndall Institute’s, Dr. Cian Ó Mathúna, who has been highly successful in attracting the leading industry and academic players, from around the world, to discuss the technical and commercial challenges in bringing this emerging technology platform to the market. Dr. Ó Mathúna, who has been researching and promoting magnetics on silicon technology for more than a decade, presented a perspective on the recent growth of interest in the PwrSoC space stated in 2008 “Over the last two years, we are seeing a significant increase in state and commercial investment. A number of market studies have appeared and both the U.S. ARPA-E and the EU Framework 7 program have made significant investment in PwrSoC research partnerships between academia and industry”.

 

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