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View Full Version : The Economist Reveals the Real Energy Crisis

Mike Temporale
01-20-2005, 02:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=3546049' target='_blank'>http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=3546049</a><br /><br /></div><i>"According to unpublished research by the Boston Consulting Group, the amount of energy that a battery can store (its energy density) is growing by 8% a year. Mobile-device power consumption, meanwhile, is growing at more than three times this rate, as backlit colour screens, high-speed wireless networks and more powerful microprocessors draw ever-larger amounts of power."</i><br /><br /><img src="http://www.smartphonethoughts.com/images/Temporale-20050120-PowerChart.gif" alt="User submitted image" title="User submitted image"/> <br /><br />There is always some talk about new fuel cells solving the worlds problem with portable power, but they never seem to go anywhere. This chart shows us that the current power hungry trend can not continue without out some serious changes to our power source. The article mentions that the new 3G DoCoMo phone advertises just 40 minutes of talk time with the screen fully lit. And if they're saying 40 minutes, you know it's really a lot less than that. 8O

Santa Fe
01-20-2005, 04:51 PM
When I saw this the other day I had to think about all the incremental subscription services that everyone wants to sell for phones. Things like TV, music, games, etc. This story sort of limits that business plan.

01-20-2005, 06:14 PM
Pretty soon we will all be carrying around battery backpacks to support our mobile phones 8O