Dialog Semiconductor invests in MIT spin-off power management start-up company

January 14, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
Dialog Semiconductor plc is making a strategic equity investment into Arctic Sand Technologies, Inc., an MIT spin-off commercialising an innovative new approach to power conversion for multiple markets, including smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and data centres.

The investment was part of a Series A funding round, with Dialog participating alongside other venture capital and strategic investors.

DC-to-DC power converters are the underlying building block of today’s power management Integrated Circuits (ICs). Arctic Sand’s patented TIPS (Transformative Integrated Power Solutions) technology uses a unique approach for conversion, based on switch capacitive techniques. The technology facilitates the use of smaller inductive components, resulting in increased efficiency and an overall higher power density factor over and above today’s competing technologies, delivering significant advantages in portable and data centre applications.

Mark Tyndall, Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Dialog Semiconductor, said, “As part of our advanced technology development strategy, we support innovative start-up companies for emerging technologies. Arctic Sand’s TIPS power management technology, together with their MIT relationship, perfectly complements our technology portfolio and Dialog’s support of such technologies will help us maintain leadership at the forefront of power management innovation.”

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