LONDON Ė Altera Corp. has agreed to acquire Enpirion Inc., a vendor of integrated power conversion products known as PowerSoCs (power system-on-chip), for an undisclosed sum.
Fabless analog semiconductor company Enpirion (Hampton, New Jersey) was founded in 2001 by a team of leading technology experts from Bell Laboratories, who specialize in power management architecture, power semiconductor devices, and high frequency magnetic materials. Enpirionís PowerSoCs have been in high-volume production since 2005.
The combination of FPGAs with Enpirion's PowerSocs will offer customers higher performance, lower system power, higher reliability, smaller footprint and faster time-to-market, Altera said.
Enpirion's portfolio of DC-DC converters with integrated inductors offers small footprints and high efficiency. Unlike converters made from discrete components Enpirion dc-dc converters are simulated, characterized, validated and production qualified at delivery.
"By adding a power group to Altera, we will bring even more value to system-level designs. Alteraís FPGA roadmap will be enhanced significantly with the addition of Enpirionís power technologies," said John Daane, president, CEO and chairman of Altera, in a statement.
Ashraf Lotfi, founder and CEO of Enpirion, will serve as an Altera Fellow and chief technologist for Altera's newly-formed power business unit. The company did not indicate whether it would try to integrate FPGA and power conversion technologies monolithically or offer multi-die components.
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