IP library optimises structuring power networks on SoCs

May 05, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Dolphin Integration has released intellectual property that aims to deliver the most competitive Power Management Network on an SoC design. Embedding the Power Management Network (PMNet) in Systems-on-Chip (SoC) is mandatory for optimising circuits towards reduction of both BoM and power consumption.

In the same manner as for standard cell libraries, Dolphin Integration offers the Reusable Power Kit Library (RPKL), a complete library of embedded voltage regulators structured according to a standard, namely DELTA, resulting in reusable components for faster Time-to Market.

The RPKL not only contains voltage regulators but also key companion functions suitable for battery management systems, as well as companions for regulators. The integral offering enables fabrication of an optimised Power Management Network (PMNet) for either Low Bill-of-Material, Low power, High efficiency or Low noise optimisation criteria.

Among these products are the Retention Alternating Regulators (RAR), that combines two regulators, one for diverse optimisations in normal mode and one for ultra-low quiescent current in retention mode; and the Over-voltage Protection Modules (OPM), enabling 5.5 V operation while using standard 3.3 V CMOS processes.

Dolphin Integration says it can provide SoC integrators with all the power supply components needed to build an optimal PMNet. To help select the appropriate components and design the best power management architecture, Dolphin Integration’s application engineers provide a custom Figure-of-Merit (FoM) taking into account the best performance trade-off for each application constraints and customer requirements.

The Reusable Power Kit Library can be deployed on technologies from 180 nm to 28 nm

Dolphin Integration; www.dolphin.fr