Sonics Receives New Patent For Intelligent Power Controller
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Sonics Receives New Patent For Intelligent Power Controller

Patent Is Breakthrough for Development of Innovative SoC Power Management Solution

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —  Sonics, Inc., the world's foremost supplier of on-chip network (NoC) technologies and services, today announced the issue of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. Sonics' "Intelligent Power Controller" patent describes a hardware intellectual property (IP) that forms the foundation for the company's development of innovative power management solutions that solve difficult power distribution and consumption problems in complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

"Power management is one of the top priorities for SoC architects addressing both tethered and battery operating requirements of today's mobile and consumer electronics devices," said Ray Brinks, senior vice president of operations at Sonics. "Our comprehensive approach to on-chip power management, based on this patent, enables SoC designers to partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention for the most energy efficient chip implementation."

Sonics expects this breakthrough technology to provide up to 50 percent power savings, depending upon the particular SoC implementation. This technology enables SoC developers to:

Power savings is attributed to implementation of multiple power domains that enable these sections of the chip to spend more time in low power states without CPU intervention.

Sonics is in the process of validating this new IP in silicon and plans to bring its power management solution to market later this year. These new products and methodology are a natural complement to the SonicsGN™ on-chip interconnect IP, which already provides strong power partitioning capabilities for SoCs.

Key aspects of Sonics' "Intelligent Power Controller" hardware IP patent include:

For more information about Sonics' "Intelligent Power Controller" patent, visit

About Sonics, Inc.
Sonics, Inc., is a pioneer of on-chip network (NoC) technology and was the first company to develop and commercialize on-chip interconnect to accelerate volume production of complex, systems-on-chip (SoC) containing multiple processor cores since 1996. Sonics offers SoC designers a comprehensive portfolio of interconnect technologies that deliver the communication performance required by today's most innovative consumer digital, communications, and information technology devices and electronic products. Sonic's global customers have shipped more than two billion SoCs and the company holds more than 138 patent properties. Sonics is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., for more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter at

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