I love my Galaxy S3 smartphone, but I HATE its lousy battery life. My less than stellar choices are to carry a separate spare battery, enshrine my device in a secondary battery-backup enabled case, or carry a charging cable with me at all times. While I typically choose the last option, I might not have to make that choice for much longer.
New advances from a company called Crossbar promise to increase battery life via a new mobile memory chip. The chipset is meant to vastly improve the storage in mobile phones, but Fast Company adds another advantage: better battery life.
The new Crossbar RRAM chips are capable of accessing data 20 times faster than traditional flash memory. The chips are also able to store more data on a smaller chip. While more storage is a great feature, the chip really shines by utilizing 20% less power.
Fast Company’s Kit Eaton writes:
“Recent innovations in screen design, mobile CPU and wireless design, battery tech, and possibly transparent solar cell technology could easily be combined with RRAM systems to make future smartphones much more energy efficient.”
“While the average smartphone has only about a day of full use before needing a charge, it seems likely that in a few years, the tech will have advanced so they’ll be lasting many days on a single charge.”
It should be noted that the Crossbar RRAM chips are not just some far off product for the future. Crossbar says it can already produce RRAM chips with unmodified chip fabrication systems that are currently used for chipset production.
Faster speeds, more data storage, and better battery life. THIS is the type of technology we need to see more of in our smartphones.
Would you ditch your current mobile device if you could take advantage of a smartphone with a RRAM chipset?