International Supply-on-Chip workshop comes to Northeastern University in Boston in October



The 4th International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PowerSoC2014) will be held at Northeastern University Boston MA on October 6-8, 2014. The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE PELS) are jointly sponsoring, and the College of Engineering (COE) of Northeastern University (NEU) is hosting this workshop.

The workshop will focus on the integration of both modular and granular commercially successful minature power converters that include power passive elements designed for multiple applications by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies. The general focus is on-die integration and integration-within-package.

A major challenge to form factor reduction of dc-dc converters is the difficulty of integrating energy-handling power passive components with conventional semiconductor processes. Advanced technologies and processes for the design and manufacture of these passives are focal topics for the workshop.

Strategies addressing circuit and system approaches will also be presented. The general vision shared by participants is utilizing PwrSoC devices to achieve a system performance that meets the requirements of both present and emerging applications that demand ever-greater current density, optimized control, form factor reduction, higher efficiency, while reducing cost.

The General Chair for the workshop, Arnold Alderman of Anagenesis, Inc., states, “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.”

Workshop attendees will include global technical and business leaders from industry and academia as well as graduate students undertaking research in this emerging space. Program Committee Chairmanf Matt Wilkowski, from Altera Corporation, points out, “We have assembled an excellent technical program covering all aspects of the PwrSoC, yet taking special care to allow extra networking time, following the successful formula from previous workshops with a single track of invited talks and posters. This year we are adopting the use of electronic posters (e-posters) for the poster session.”.

Because of the intense nature of this workshop, attendance will be limited to individuals actively involved with this emerging technology.