Power Management Integration Center

an NSF IUCRC

Dartmouth's Power Management Integration Center (PMIC) is part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry University Collaborative Research Center Program (IUCRC) that aims to connect academic researchers with industry members.

Working to address a range of challenges facing next-generation power electronic circuits, systems, and components, PMIC's mission is to target innovations that support higher efficiency, smaller size, and reduced cost. Considerations are made for system reliability, robustness, and performance in a diverse range of industry sectors and applications spanning consumer, industrial, and automotive electronics. Printable IUCRC Fact Sheet (PDF)

Research at PMIC

Research collaborations focus on areas identified by corporate members as relevant to industry needs including:

  • New circuit topologies, power management integrated circuits (ICs), and discrete power converters that can achieve high power density and high efficiency;
  • Next generation passive components including inductors, transformers, and resonant structures that can operate efficiently at high frequency while reducing size and materials cost;
  • Integrated passive components for high-density power management that leverage available semiconductor foundry process capabilities and next-generation magnetic materials;
  • System design, optimization, and control for a variety of converter architectures that leverage small passive components to operate at high frequency or in resonant modes;
  • Aspects of reliability and robustness in power electronic circuits including design in high temperature, harsh environments and electromagnetic interference.
  • Members


    Membership

    Become a Member

    PMIC = Access to innovations in power electronics at reduced cost.

    Join our Industry–University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) to perform cutting-edge pre-competitive fundamental research in power electronics that can drive innovation and the U.S. economy. Members guide the direction of Center research through active involvement and mentoring.

    IUCRCs offer a platform for significant leveraging of financial investment by members to accelerate the knowledge base and develop an industrially savvy workforce.

    To become a member, contact us.

    PMIC member presents a poster at the IAB meeting
    Poster presentation by 4th year PhD student Ziyu Xia showing the progress of his project “An Integrated 5:1 DC-DC converter” funded by PMIC.

    Eligibility

    Any company, federal R&D organization, or any government-owned contractor-operated laboratory may become a member (consistent with applicable state and federal laws and statutes).

    Benefits

    Industry members of the Center enjoy a range of benefits:

    • Access to talent—Train students with the desired skills for your industry.
    • Lower R&D risk—Share the inherent risks of early stage research.
    • Lower R&D cost—Save research dollars through access to facilities and human resources.
    • Increased ROI—Earn a higher return on investment through jointly-funded research.
    • Access to expertise—Network and learn from PMIC co-members.
    • Access to IP—Gain royalty-free, non-exclusive licenses on intellectual property produced in the Center.
    • Voting rights—Have a voice on the PMIC Industry Advisory Board.


    PMIC members at the IAB meeting

    Industry Advisory Board

    The Industry Advisory Board is composed of one representative from each member organization or company. The Board steers the Center and provides input into plans for PMIC expansion. In addition, the Board makes recommendations on:

    • Research projects
    • Apportionment of resources
    • Changes to bylaws