One of the highlights of the iPhone 13 is its amazing battery life despite its strong performance. In terms of battery life, the iPhone 13 outperformed its competitors. And yet it is the most powerful mobile processor on the market. The chip is also more efficient than previous A-series chips. Add a thickness of 0.2mm and you get batteries that can last up to two days – when you get the iPhone 13 Pro Max. But when the new chip technology from IBM and Samsung takes off, we may be looking for smartphones that can offer weeks of battery life.
The search for high performance mobile devices with fantastic battery life is on for cell phone manufacturers, given the size restrictions seems impossible. There’s only so much space in a phone, and we’ve moved away from the thick smartphones of yore. We want new smartphones to be fast, offer decent battery life and be easy to use at the same time.
Some vendors already make Android phones with massive batteries, but these devices have several tradeoffs. They are hardly any competition for the iPhone 13, as they have entry-level to mid-range functions. That’s because they have to be much more affordable as they target the kind of buyers who put battery life above everything else.
If IBM and Samsung are successful with their new chip technology, it won’t just be smartphones that could see significant performance gains and benefit from improved battery life.
Vertical Transport Field Effect Transistors, or VTFET, is a new chip design that vertically stacks transistors to increase the number of transistors in a chip. IBM and Samsung have already announced progress on their joint VTFET operation, suggesting that the chips of the future could benefit from significant performance gains and improved efficiency.
Layering the transistors would improve energy efficiency. The current would flow vertically and not just horizontally in IBM Samsung chips, which leads to significant advantages over the current FinFET designs.
In their presentation, IBM and Samsung say that the VTFET chips have twice the performance of FinFETs Designs or an 85% reduction in energy consumption.
In addition, the IBM Samsung chips could make it possible to continue Moore’s Law. According to this, the number of transistors in a chip doubles every two years.
The VTFET chips from IBM-Samsung are already available in a 2nm variant, unlike anything else on the market. Cell phones have the most advanced chips when it comes to process technology. We’re looking at 5nm chips for the iPhone 13 and most of the Android flagships. Next up is 4nm – both the Dimensity 9000 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips are 4nm system-on-chips. When it comes to computers, Apple’s acclaimed M1 series is based on 5nm technology.
Time will tell if IBM-Samsung’s VTFET chips will soon be available in smartphones. What is certain is that Samsung makes its own Exynos chips for mobile devices. And it produces chips for Google and Samsung. But the idea of charging a phone once a week instead of daily is exciting.
Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech with readers around the world. When he’s not writing about gadgets, he miserably fails to stay away from them, even though he tries desperately. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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