Recently, a research project called Steeper conducted by IBM, Infineon and a number of European universities revealed the possibility of making a mobile phone battery last ten times longer.
Short battery life is an increasing problem for electronic devices’ consumers needing to charge their mobile phones daily, whether its Nokia, Apple’s iPhone or RIM’s BlackBerry.
Power Management – A Great Challenge: “Battery technology has not kept up with the increasing power demands of today’s smartphones. As such, power management and efficiency is the biggest challenge facing smartphone vendors in delivering a great, consumer-friendly user experience,” said Canalys analyst Tim Shepherd.
Holy Grail to be Built in Electronics: This new research project also aims to decrease the energy needs of other electronic devices like TV sets, mobile phones or supercomputers by 10 times when active, and to virtually eliminate power consumption when they are in standby mode. Electronic devices currently account for 15 percent of household electricity consumption and their energy needs will triple by 2030. “Our vision is to share this research to enable manufacturers to build the Holy Grail in electronics, a computer that utilizes negligible energy when it’s in sleep mode, which we call the zero-watt PC,” said project coordinator Adrian Ionescu from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
Scientists Turns Towards Nanotechnology: Scientists will apply nanotechnology to lower electricity consumption, cost and extend battery life of electronic devices, aiming to at least halve the operating voltage needed by transistors to operate. “Improving 1,000-fold performance of a supercomputer means you need 1,000 times more power. You basically need a power plant next to your data center,” said Heike Riel, who leads the nanoscale electronics group at IBM research center in Zurich, Germany.