Sarda Taps Magwel for GaAs Power Transistor Modeling

Sarda Technologies, a disruptive power management component supplier is announcing that it has adopted PTM, the power transistor modeling solution developed by Magwel to help in optimizing yield, performance and time-to-market of its Heterogeneous Integrated Power Stage (HIPS). Designed to address the rapidly escalating power consumption in data centers, Sarda’s HIPS replaces silicon switches with gallium arsenide (GaAs) in voltage regulators that increase switching frequency by 10 times, improve transient response by 5 times and reduce size by 80%. With these fast, small voltage regulators, it enables granular power delivery to reduce data center power consumption by 30%.

UTAC, Sarda and AT&S Collaborate in Delivering Small, Fast Voltage Regulators to Improve Data Center Energy Efficiency

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UTAC, Sarda and AT&S Collaborate in Delivering Small, Fast Voltage Regulators to Improve Data Center Energy Effeciency

Sarda’s Heterogeneous Integrated Power Stage (HIPS) Employs UTAC’s 3D SiP using the Embedded Component Packaging (ECP®) Technology from AT&S for Granular Power Delivery

June 15, 2016 – Raleigh, North Carolina and Singapore – Sarda Technologies (Sarda), a disruptive power management component supplier and UTAC Holdings Ltd (UTAC), one of the leading semiconductor assembly and test services providers in Asia, today announced that Sarda will implement its Heterogeneous Integrated Power Stage (HIPS) in UTAC’s three-dimensional system-in-package (“3D SiP”) based on ECP technology from AT&S to improve data center’s energy efficiency.

Designed to address the rapidly escalating power consumption in data centers, Sarda’s HIPS replaces silicon switches with gallium arsenide (GaAs) in voltage regulators that increase switching frequency by 10 times, improve transient response by 5 times and reduce size by 80%. With these fast, small voltage regulators, it enables granular power delivery to reduce data center power consumption by 30%.

The collaboration was announced at the International Symposium on 3D Power Electronics, Integration and Manufacturing Symposium (www.3D-PEIM.org) in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

“UTAC’s 3D SiP enables Sarda to integrate GaAs switches, silicon driver and passive components in a compact, low-profile package that minimizes parasitics for efficient, high speed operation,” said Bob Conner, CEO and co-founder of Sarda. “UTAC’s collaboration with AT&S also provides a full turnkey supply chain assembly and test flow with much needed alignment of roadmaps as well as design rules for 3D SiP solutions with embedded chip in substrate technology.”

“System manufacturers are moving from use of discrete components to highly integrated power management solutions to improve power density and energy efficiency. UTAC is very excited in working closely with Sarda and AT&S to demonstrate the benefits of using 3D SiP to reduce footprint and improve electrical and thermal performance,” said Lee Smith, UTAC Vice President of Advanced Package Product Line.

“Our collaboration with UTAC maximizes the benefits of utilizing AT&S’ ECP technology for the Sarda HIPS Solution”, stated Michael Lang, CEO of Advanced Packaging at AT&S. “The major ECP advantages compared to standard IC packaging and PCB assembly include a significant form factor reduction, higher reliability, improved thermal management and a fast and easy system integration with high efficiency.”

Reducing Data Center Cost-Per-Workload

Servers, routers and communications systems require new power management technology to keep up with the growth in data consumption and mobile connectivity. But power delivery and heat removal issues constrain system performance. Moreover, each system board uses dozens of voltage regulators which consume precious board space.

Designers can no longer rely solely on Moore’s Law to deliver the needed gains in energy efficiency. Leading edge processors now operate at less than one volt, which prevents designers from reducing operating voltage enough to keep power consumption constant while increasing transistor density. Instead, developers are turning to “More-than-Moore Scaling,” which heterogeneously integrates different materials and components to improve system performance-per-watt.

Small, fast voltage regulators enable granular power which reduces system power consumption through dynamic power management of each load. Miniaturizing the voltage regulators also frees up board space for more processors and memory to increase system performance. Increasing system performance-per-watt decreases the system cost-per-workload.

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About the International Symposium on 3D Power Electronics Integration and Manufacturing

The first International Symposium on 3D Power Electronics Integration and Manufacturing (www.3D-PEIM.org), held June 13-15, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina, brings together designers and manufacturers to address the future of integrated power electronics and advance the 3D power electronics systems designs of the future.

The 3D-PEIM symposium is underwritten by the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and is supported by the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS); the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT); North Carolina State University; the University of Maryland; and Virginia Tech.

About Sarda Technologies

Sarda Technologies provides disruptive power management components to reduce data center cost-per-workload by reducing power consumption through granular power delivery. The venture-backed company is located in Durham, NC. Please visit www.sardatech.com for more information or contact:

Bob Conner
CEO and Co-Founder
+1 919 757-6825
bconner@sardatech.com

Quint PR
Media Contact:
Matthew Quint
+1 650 218-0763
mquint@quintpr.com

About UTAC Holdings Ltd

UTAC Holdings Ltd (UTAC) is a leading independent provider of assembly and test services for a broad range of semiconductor chips and we offer a full range of semiconductor assembly and test services in the following key product categories: analog, mixed-signal and logic, and memory. Our customers are primarily fabless companies, integrated device manufacturers and wafer foundries. UTAC is headquartered in Singapore, with production facilities located in Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, in addition to its global sales network focused on five regions: United States, Japan, China and Taiwan, rest of Asia and Europe, with sales offices located in each of these regions.

For more information, please visit http://www.utacgroup.com or contact:

Roger NG
Director, Investor Relations and Communications
DID: +65 6714 2245; Mobile: +65 9005 0132
roger_ng@utacgroup.com

Sherena LIEW
Manager, Communications
DID: +65 6714 2280; Mobile: +65 9742 1436
sherena_liewls@utacgroup.com

About AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG – First choice for advanced applications

AT&S is the European market leader and one of the globally leading manufacturers of high-value printed circuit boards. AT&S industrialises leading-edge technologies for its core business segments Mobile Devices, Automotive, Industrial, Medical and Advanced Packaging. In 2016,AT&S produces two new, leading-edge technologies at the new site in Chongqing (China) – IC substrates and substrate-like printed circuit boards for high-end applications. As an international growth enterprise, AT&S has a global presence, with production facilities in Austria (Leoben and Fehring) and plants in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai, Chongqing) and Korea (Ansan, near Seoul). The company employed an average of 8,759 people as in the financial year 2015/16.

For more information, please visit www.ats.net or contact:

Marina Konrad
Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +43 3842 200 5423; Mobile: +43 676 8955 5423
m.konrad@ats.net

Elke Koch
Director Investor Relations & Communications
Tel: +43 3842 200 5925; Mobile +43 676 8955 5925
e.koch@ats.net

GaAs & Silicon: A New Proposal for Power

Startup says its modules reduce switching loss by 30%

“Sarda Technologies heterogeneously integrated power stage module combines CMOS power drivers with GaAs output transistors in the same QFN package,” writes Ohr. The idea seems quite intuitive, he suggests, adding that it is a wonder it hasn’t been done before. Ohr explains that the crux of Sarda’s technology is “us[ing] gallium arsenide (GaAs) as the power driver for modules in compute servers and communications switching stations. Traditionally used for basestation transmitters, GaAs transistors automatically improve switching power supply frequencies: This enables higher densities for server power transmission applications, reduces heat dissipation, and helps shrink the size of power chain bricks and modules.”

Ohr is a former director for Semiconductor Research at Gartner.

Sarda is a Durham-based, ventured backed company led by Bob Conner. Connor who has 15 years of experience with large corporations and 18 years with startups is joined by team members that include power-management veterans from companies such as Intersil and Harris Semiconductor.

Read the full story from EE Times

Why More-Than-Moore Power Management Is Required to Keep Up With Exponential Growth in ICT Data Consumption

It is projected that annually created digital data will increase 10x between 2013 and 2020. The gains require increased energy efficiency in power management systems to keep up. Moore’s Law has been the traditional technological driver, but it no longer able to meet the required gains. Fortunately, Sarda Technologies’ new power management technology is able to improve voltage regulator power density, response time and granularity by an order-of-magnitude. These components are able to reduce energy consumption of cloud computing system by 30% or more.

Read the full article from PowerPulse.net

FabuLess Semi-Conductors from Sarda: An interview with Sarda Technologies CEO and Co-Founder, Bob Conner

Sarda Technologies CEO and C0-founder, Bob Conner recently spoke with CED about Sarda and why North Carolina provides the Durham, NC-based company a good location. Sarda Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company focused on reducing power loss and managing voltage in high demand environments within small, mobile devices. “RTP is great for startups like ours,” says Conner. “There’s a dynamic power electronics cluster here, in part because of NC State University’s rich history in pioneering power semiconductors. Most of the big companies in the space have design centers here, which results in NC as a center of world-class power/electrical technology talent.”

Read on the CED Blog

Advanced Materials to Lead Power Electronic Tech in 2013

PowerPulse.Net forecasts advances in semiconductor materials will challenge silicon-carbide (SiC) and gallium-nitride (GaN). The article identifies two Durham-based companies, Sarda Technologies and HexaTech. Sarda Technologies is focused on reducing power loss in <20V DC-DC voltage converters. The technology results from the use of GaAs to enable a radical reimaging of the basic field effect transistor geometry and enables ultra-low power loss and very-high switching frequencies. HexaTech is is targeting very-high voltage power conversion for smartgrid applications. Using very low-dislocation-density single-crystal AIN subtrates, HexaTech is offers a significant reduction in size, weight and cooling.

Read the full article on PowerPulse.Net.

Durham Semiconductor Startup Lands IDEA Fund Partners as Investor in $3M Round

WRAL Tech Wire writer Rick Smith takes a look at Sarda Technologies and its recent $3M financing. The company, founded by chip industry vetersans Bob Conner and Jim Vorhaus, is a fabless semiconductor company focusing on power loss in DC-DC voltage converters and reducing the size of power components in portable, enterprise and consumers systems. The financing was led by IDEA Fund Partners.

Read the full article from WRAL Tech Wire.

IDEA Fund Partners Announces Investment in Sarda Technologies

DEA FUND PARTNERS ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN SARDA TECHNOLOGIES
Durham Startup and Recent NC IDEA Grant Winner Closes First Equity Financing

DURHAM, NC − March 12, 2012 − IDEA Fund Partners, a venture capital firm providing seed and early stage financing to technology companies throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is pleased to announce its recent investment in Sarda Technologies, Inc. The investment will enable the company to accelerate product development and evaluation.

Based in Durham, North Carolina, Sarda is a fabless semiconductor company focused on reducing power loss in DC-DC voltage converters. Sarda’s technology results from a radical reimaging of the basic field effect transistor geometry and enables the switches used in converters to achieve ultra low power loss and very high switching frequencies. The Sarda team is led by semiconductor industry veterans Bob Conner and Jim Vorhaus, both of whom have significant Fortune 500 company and startup experience.

Sarda was awarded an NC IDEA grant in the Spring of 2011, receiving funds to assist in the patenting of its technology. During the grant process, Sarda created an advisory board that included NC IDEA Venture Advisor and IDEA Fund Partners Managing General Partner, John Cambier. Sarda is the fifth NC IDEA grant recipient that has attracted investment from IDEA Fund Partners, joining Oncoscope, NextRay, Automated Insights (formerly StatSheet) and Argyle Social.

“We have gotten to know Bob and Jim better throughout the NC IDEA grant process and have been very impressed by their technology and progress to date,” said John Cambier. “We are happy to now have them in our venture portfolio and look forward to working alongside the team as they bring to market a truly disruptive technology.”

In February, TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT), a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, announced that its Foundry Services division was supporting Sarda to bring a new line of high‐efficiency converter switches to the global marketplace. This support will allow Sarda to utilize TriQuint’s foundry line for the development and production of their product. “TriQuint’s foundry business enables Sarda to quickly and cost-­effectively develop a power semiconductor line,” said Sarda CEO and Co‐Founder Bob Conner.

“The grant funding from NC IDEA provided validation of our early business plan, needed funds for intellectual property protection and enabled us to get to know the team at IDEA Fund Partners at a deeper level,” said Bob Conner. “With this financing, we look forward to supplying customers with our switch products.”

In conjunction with the investment in Sarda, John Cambier will join the board as the IDEA Fund Partners representative.

About IDEA Fund Partners 
With offices in Durham, NC and Orlando, FL, IDEA Fund Partners provides seed and early stage equity funding along with company building expertise to IT, software, materials technologies and medical device companies in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Currently investing out of its first fund, IDEA Fund Partners has invested in twelve companies since 2007. Learn more at www.ideafundpartners.com.

About Sarda
Founded in 2011, Sarda Technologies, Inc. is a fabless power semiconductor startup based in Durham, NC. Sarda’s products are used in DC-DC voltage converters for portable, enterprise and consumer systems. Sarda’s highly efficient power semiconductors reduce power loss, increase system performance and extend battery life while reducing system size, weight and cost.

About NC IDEA 
NC IDEA, a 501(c)(3) not‐for­â€profit organization, targets promising technology companies that need help bridging the gap between initial product development and venture capital funding. The organization helps young, innovative companies mainly by providing early financing in the form of grants. NC IDEA further supports its grant winning companies by leveraging the organization’s solid partnerships and strategic alliances to assist companies through research phases, business challenges and growth goals. Learn more at www.ncidea.org.