‘I don't see any other battery technology on the market in the next three to five years that will displace the [current] lithium-ion technologies,' says Christina Lampe-Onnerud, director of the Battery Group at Arthur D. Little Inc. in Cambridge Park, Mass. ‘Lots of technologies remain candidates for the future, but most battery technologies take 20 years to develop.'
High Energy, Ultra Thin
One of the leading technologies is lithium polymer.Known for their high energy density and ultra-thin shape, lithium-polymer batteries first were incorporated into wireless devices in the late ‘90s and only in the past year have been produced in volume.Nokia
was one of the first manufacturers to incorporate the battery into its handsets, shipping the first lithium-polymer batteries in late 1999.
, too, encourages this kind of coordination.She
says that if device manufacturers work closely with battery makers, they can design lithium-polymer batteries for specific applications, providing the exact power requirements for a certain device and form factor.‘Designing batteries for a specific application is a competitive advantage that these high-tech markets may require,' Lampe-Onnerud
This type of joint effort could be particularly advantageous for 3G handset makers looking to develop innovative devices.