'Revolutionary' new entry in the capacitor industry

1 min read

Empower Semiconductor, a supplier of Integrated Voltage Regulators (IVR), has announced what it claims is a breakthrough with the highest performance, most configurable, and smallest commercially available range of capacitors.

E-CAP device is said to be a vastly superior performing capacitor, far exceeding the semiconductor industry’s previously leading Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC).

The capacitor is one of the most basic and fundamental components in electronics needed for energy storage and supply voltage filtering. Currently the leading technology is in MLCCs, but they are space limiting, inefficient, unreliable, and low performing. Empower Semiconductor has sort to address that with the introduction of the E-CAP which provides for a significant reduction in size, performance increases, and improved reliability.

Delivering what the company says is a 'game-changing capacitor density and flexibility', its E-CAP technology allows for groups of varying capacitor values and sizes to be integrated onto a single die. Space critical applications that cannot afford to have a sea of capacitors spaced out can be realised with E-CAP. Height limited applications are also addressed with the capability of much less than 100µm in thickness. This tiny die format allows for footprints that are 80% smaller than equivalent MLCC based solutions.

E-CAP technology features superior stability with no DC or AC bias de-rating, no temperature de-rating, and no significant effects of aging. Combined with the ultra-low ESL (15pH), E-CAP provides a highly simplified and reliable solution for the system designer. This highly differentiated high-performance technology is available in configurations up to 8.4µF.

E-CAP will open up demanding new applications in IoT, wearables, mobile, and processors where size, performance, and flexibility are seen as being essential.