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By Blau, John Moores law states that processing power for computers doubles
Gobble, MaryAnne M. about every two years because of small electrons taking up little
Source: Research Technology Management. May/Jun2014, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p3-6. 4p. space. Lithography allows even smaller features etched onto chips
and it is improving every year (Blau, Gobble, 2014).
As technology advances, the limiting factor for further advancement in
key areas, from wearable tech and advanced smartphones to electric
cars, is now batteries. Battery research has long taken a backseat to
computer chip R&D, arguably one of the key drivers of innovation over
the past several decades. But now, driven by soaring interest in mobili-
ty of two different types--handheld or wearable communication devices
and electric cars--battery research is taking off.
At a time when the pace of technology innovation seems to he increas-
ing at an exponential rate, it seems like battery innovation should be
proceeding at a similar pace. So why isn't there a Moore's Law for bat-
teries? Paraphrase
Moore's Law, which is actually an observation, holds that the number
Moores Law, states that transistors on integrated circuits doubles
of transistors on integrated circuits or the overall processing power for
about every two years for two reasons: the small size of electrons
computers doubles approximately every two years. The reasons for this
taking up little space on the chip and lithography technology. As
continuous increase are twofold: electrons are small and require little
this kind of technology improves, even smaller features can be
space in a chip, and chip performance is largely limited by the lithogra-
phy technology used to fabricate the chips. As lithography improves, etched onto processing chips (Blau, Gobble, 2014).
ever-smaller features can be etched onto processors.
Any such law for batteries, ar gues Fr ed Schlachter fr om the Amer i-
can Physical Society in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, is limited by the fundamental chemistry inherent in
a battery's inner wor kings. Potentials in a battery, he points out,
are dictated by the relevant chemical reactions that also limit Quote
battery performance.
electrons are small and require little space in a chip, and chip per-
formance is largely limited by the lithography technology used to
fabricate the chips. As lithography improves, ever-smaller features
can be etched onto processors (Blau, Gobble, 2014).