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.
R&D efforts span multiple levels in the power electronics space to support a variety of industry-sponsored projects and train the next generation of engineers in critical areas. In particular, the Center explores new circuit architectures and design techniques that leverage high-level integration to expand the boundaries of efficiency and power density.
PMIC emphasizes passive component innovation and integration, magnetic materials and component design, and new high-density resonant structures for power delivery. At the system-level, new control techniques, novel circuit operation, and integration strategies are explored that can improve performance and robustness while reducing size and cost.