CPES Power Management Consortium (PMC)
The CPES mini-consortium program provides a unique forum for creating synergy among industries and defining new research directions to meet future industry needs. The formation of the mini-consortium allows CPES to pool resources and focus on developing pre-competitive technologies to address common challenges, and sharing the research results among mini-consortium members.
Current PMC members (13):
PMC Expanded Work Scope (May 2014)
PMC Achievement Nuggets (updated: April 2013)
The new generation of Intel's microprocessor is operating at a much lower voltage and higher current, with a fast dynamic response in order to implement the sleep/power mode of operation. This particular mode of operation is necessary to conserve energy, as well as to extend the operation time for any battery-operated equipment. The challenge for the voltage regulator module in this case is to provide a precisely regulated output with fast dynamic response in order to transfer energy as fast as possible to the microprocessor.
Today, every Intel processor is powered by such multi-phased VRMs developed by CPES. CPES researchers are continuing to conduct research in this particular subject by exploring new topologies in power semiconductor devices, magnetics, and integrated packaging concepts in order to improve the transient response and minimize the I2R loss due to continuous reduction in voltage as well as continuous increase in load current. We have been exploring a range of input voltages in VRM technologies, from 12V up to 48V, to accomplish this objective.