Power Electronics

Altera Acquires Enpirion

Altera Corporation has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Enpirion, Inc. The combination of Altera's FPGAs with Enpirion's PowerSoCs will offer customers higher performance, lower system power, higher reliability, smaller footprint and faster time-to-market.

"Power is increasingly a strategic choice for product differentiation in communications, computing and enterprise, and industrial applications," said John Daane, president, CEO and chairman of Altera. "By adding a power group to Altera, we will bring even more value to system-level designs.  Altera's FPGA roadmap will be enhanced significantly with the addition of Enpirion's power technologies."

Ashraf Lotfi, founder and CEO of Enpirion, will serve as an Altera Fellow and chief technologist for Altera's newly formed Power business unit.

Enpirion's key enabling power technologies-high-frequency switching, magnetics and packaging-are engineered into complete power system-on-chip products. Enpirion's portfolio of DC-DC converter PowerSoCs with integrated inductors enable the industry's smallest solution footprints and are recognized for their high efficiency, low noise, exceptional thermal performance, high reliability and ease-of-use.  Unlike discrete power products, Enpirion's turnkey solutions give designers complete power systems that are fully simulated, characterized, validated and production qualified.

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