How Semiconductors Address the Challenge of Power Management?

Manufacturers are directing their focus to develop low-power semiconductor devices to address the growth in the demand for energy.

FREMONT, CA: Semiconductor manufacturing and power management have inherently complemented each other since the emergence of the semiconductor age. Modern electronic devices rely on the semiconductor’s capability to support high power devices without impacting the performance of the device. With the emergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and sensors, designing components that function efficiently is crucial. Power-efficient devices not only help the systems run smoothly but also offset power-related costs. 

Until recently, low-power semiconductor design principles were only widely incorporated in the mobile devices. It was a conception that low-power semiconductors were only useful when designing devices that leverage battery power. However, the conventional idea has certainly changed now. Modern devices depend on energy-efficient processors that must keep running cool despite the source from where they receive power. Such requirements are encouraging the manufacturers to focus more on designing low-power semiconductor devices. 

Applications that have a high processing rate such as those including data centers, AI, and cloud computing, low-power semiconductors can save a significant amount of money. For instance, cooling systems in such data centers account for around 30-40 percent of total operating costs. Thus, increasing power efficiency in such devices can lead to a significant reduction in power loss due to heat. Further, chips that require less power are more efficient and can be deployed in devices with a smaller form factor. 

Semiconductor firms are exploring various options to gain operational efficiency. For instance, various semiconductor companies are investing in advanced electrical power distribution technology such as energy-efficient uninterruptible power supplies, optimized electric distribution architecture, and automatic transfer switches with an aim to improve energy efficiency. This goal of generating energy-efficient semiconductors will also be powered by further advancement in technologies.

There has been a shift in the industries' attitude when it comes to leveraging low-power semiconductors. With further increase in the demands for energy-efficient solutions, manufacturers will work towards producing more energy-efficient, intelligent, and optimal devices.

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