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Raspberry Pi develops its own power management chips

Raspberry Pi develops its own power management chips

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By Nick Flaherty



Raspberry Pi is using IP from Dolphin Design in France for its own power management chip.

The power management collaboration integrates Dolphin Design’s IP with Raspberry Pi for TSMC’s 40 nm technology. This partnership not only optimizes power efficiency and performance but also ensures longer battery life across a wide spectrum of applications. Raspberry Pi uses a multicore ARM-based microprocessor from Broadcom and has also developed its own ARM-based microcontroller, the RP2040.

The IP from Dolphin, a subsidiary of Soitec, includes a configurable power controller and configurable voltage regulators. It also adaptive back bias (ABB) to reduce power consumption. Power management is a key challenge for applications such as 5G small cells where Raspberry Pi is being adopted. 

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“Our collaboration with Raspberry Pi marks a pivotal moment in semiconductor innovation. By integrating our advanced power management solutions with Raspberry Pi’s visionary chip design, we are setting a new benchmark for what’s possible in technology tailored for efficiency and sustainability,” said Hakim Jaafar VP of Marketing at Dolphin Design.

James Adams, CTO at Raspberry Pi, adds “We are excited to work with Dolphin Design to bring forward chips that not only meet the high standards of performance and reliability expected by our users, but also push the boundaries of power efficiency. This partnership is a testament to our commitment to innovation and our belief in the power of collaboration”.

www.raspberrypi.com; www.dolphin-design.fr/spider-power-management-platform/

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