Monolithic distributed power management for systems-on-chip (SoC)

Siamak Abedinpour, Bertan Bakkaloglu, Sayfe Kiaei

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With increasing drive towards higher level of integration, lower cost, and longer battery life in wireless applications, there is a need for efficient monolithic DC-DC power converters. This tutorial paper summarizes the topology tradeoffs that are involved in the implementation of monolithic distributed power management in the future generations of SoCs for portable wireless applications. These circuits have a broad range of requirements including high power density, high energy efficiency, low noise, small size, and low cost. The advantages and disadvantages of each of the competing topologies, namely low-dropout linear, switched-capacitor, and switched-mode DC-DC converters are examined in light of these requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-973
Number of pages36
JournalAnnales des Telecommunications/Annals of Telecommunications
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004


  • Direct current converter
  • Distributed system
  • Energy management
  • Linear circuit
  • Mobile Station
  • Monolithic integrated circuit
  • Portable telephone set
  • Switched capacitor
  • Switched mode
  • System on chip
  • Technology
  • Voltage regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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