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This proposal advances the development of effective power microconverters built in mainstream digital CMOS technologies without any modifications to the standard fabrication process. The study of high-voltage techniques for the co-integration of microconverters in low-voltage processes not only will avoid the fabrication complexity of high-voltage devices, it will also reduce the number of heterogeneous chips and discrete components. Therefore weight, volume, and parasitic losses of interconnects will be smaller. Furthermore, the lower fabrication and assembly costs, together with a shorter time to market, will give a competitive advantage to the supporting company. Finally, the use of better micro-converters will contribute to reducing energy consumption and improving functionality of many electronic systems around us, from battery-powered mobile multimedia devices to biomedical monitoring systems and wireless sensor networks.
Dr. Stefano Gregori
University of Guelph
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