Altera organises its own device power provision with Enpirion acquisition

May 15, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Altera is to acquire Enpirion, known for high-efficiency, integrated power conversion products under the name PowerSoCs (power system-on-chip). The combination of Altera's FPGAs with Enpirion's PowerSoCs will offer, the company says, higher performance, lower system power, higher reliability, smaller footprint and faster time-to-market.

Power is increasingly a strategic choice for product differentiation in communications, computing and enterprise, and industrial applications, according to John Daane, president, CEO and chairman of Altera. “By adding a power group to Altera, we will bring even more value to system-level designs. Altera's FPGA roadmap will be enhanced significantly with the addition of Enpirion's power technologies.” Ashraf Lotfi, founder and CEO of Enpirion, will serve as an Altera Fellow and chief technologist for Altera's newly formed Power business unit. Lotfi comments, “Our leadership in high-efficiency power conversion solutions complements Altera's leadership in FPGAs. Enpirion employees have built an innovative company, and we look forward to building upon this foundation with Altera.” Enpirion' s key enabling power technologies, high-frequency switching, magnetics and packaging are engineered into complete power system-on-chip products: DC-DC converter PowerSoCs with integrated inductors for small footprints