Integrated DC-DC Converters Using Thin-Film Magnetic Power Inductors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90448
Agency Tracking Number: 87838
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 01b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
155 West 121st Street, New York, NY, 10027
DUNS: 078299449
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Noah Sturcken
 Dr.
 (646) 599-0765
 nsturcken@ferricsemi.com
Business Contact
 Noah Sturcken
Title: Dr.
Phone: (646) 599-0765
Email: nsturcken@ferricsemi.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
All computing platforms, from handhelds to servers, can achieve superior energy efficiency with better control of the power supply. An integrated voltage regulator would provide improved control, but requires improvements in on-chip inductors for energy storage. This project will develop manufacturing processes and compact models for thin-film magnetic power inductors. These inductors will incorporate high quality magnetic materials for enhanced energy storage and will be integrated with conventional CMOS manufacturing processes through partnership with IBM and Global Foundries to enable integrated voltage regulation.Commercial Applications and Benefits Incorporating magnetic materials into CMOS manufacturing promises to improve the competitiveness of the US semiconductor industry. This technology will enable integrated voltage regulation, which can exert greater control over the power supply in microprocessors and consequently, improved performance-per-watt. Integrated voltage regulators will allow energy efficiency gains as high as 30% in processors for all computing platforms, from high-end servers to smart phones, resulting in a direct annual energy savings of almost 15 billion kWh nationally, and 50 billion kWh globally. This technology will also result in significantly reduced component cost and voltage regulator form factor.

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