Awards for Irish magnetics on silicon tech

Awards for Irish magnetics on silicon tech

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By Nick Flaherty

Professor Ó Mathúna, Head of MicroNano Systems at Tyndall National Institute, based at University College Cork, developed MagIC to integrate inductors into a CMOS silicon process to enable an integrated power supply. This can extend the battery life of portable electronics and reduce the energy use of high-performance electronic systems and equipment.

The technology has been recognised by the IEEE and EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations)

The IEEE award celebrates Professor Ó Mathúna’s extraordinary, global influence and leadership, over the last decade, in bringing together the electronics industry and academia to collaborate toward the development of the Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC). Furthermore, Professor Ó Mathúna is the first Irish recipient of an EARTO Award, which recognises key contributions from European research to high-impact, technological innovation.

 Tyndall’s MagIC technology allows the bulky inductors to be integrated on-chip, minimising the energy wasted or lost as the battery powers a microprocessor chip and boosting battery life by 50 percent.

The Institute is partnering with global companies to develop and commercialise the technology which has already received more than €20m in funding from research, licensing and productisation. It has joint publications with companies such as Global Foundries in Dresden and Singapore; Intel, USA and Philips in the Netherlands as well as a joint patent with Apple Computers, USA in 2019.

“I’m so proud of the Integrated Magnetics Team and the work we’ve done in developing this technology over 27 years. Our achievements show the major impact Irish research is having on the global stage and places Tyndall and University College Cork at the forefront of the development of new energy management technology for batteries in portable electronics,” said Professor Ó Mathúna.

“This ground-breaking and disruptive innovation is set to change the global approach to how power is managed in electronic devices and will contribute to addressing a critical environmental issue for society and our planet.”

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