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Welcome to PowerSoC'12!

The 3rd International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PowerSoC2012) be held at the Palace Hotel San Francisco on November 16-18, 2012, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The workshop focuses on integration of electrical power converters for multiple applications, and accessing a broad range of technologies.  Complete integration on-die  and integration within package are of prime interest.  System performance requirements presented by present day and emerging applications demand ever greater granularity in voltage and control, form factor reduction, efficiency, and cost reduction. A major challenge on the path to integration and form factor reduction of dc-dc converters is the difficulty of integrating energy handling passive components with conventional silicon processes.  Strategies addressing circuit and system approaches as well as advanced technologies for the design and manufacture of these passives are focal topics for the workshop. 

The workshop series, which was founded by Tyndall’s, Dr. Cian Ó Mathúna, 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 “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”. 

The General Chair for the workshop is 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 Franscisco, 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 ’12 is the only international technical workshop dedicated to advancing these important leading-edge power conversion technologies.”  

Workshop attendees will include global technical and business leaders from industry and academia as well as graduate students undertaking research in this emerging space.  The workshop will follow the successful formula from previous years with a single track of invited talks and posters selected via a dedicated call to be launched shortly.