By 2020, new devices such as laptops, wearables, and mobile phones might finally be able to use 5G technology without exploding the battery. Currently, gadgets on the market end up overheating and shut down after getting connected to a 5G network for a small period, as the devices cannot sustain on the considerable quantity of power needed for 5G to work.
The course is set to switch, however, with local scientists working up the technology to make the gadgets more efficient to work on such a high amount of power. The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s research enterprise in Singapore, has been successful in merging high-performance III-V semiconductors into silicon chips used in mobile devices.
The semiconductors are required to power greater-performance qualities in gadgets such as working with 5G networks, come in packaging separate from the silicon chips in present devices. But having them different from the silicon chips shows that there is high energy loss, making the gadget-inefficient. Smart has discovered a method to incorporate the semiconductor chips into the silicon chips after years of work. This assists in making the gadget highly energy-efficient. It also means the number of semiconductor chips can fit in a standard mobile device.
This new process also uses existing production tools, said Smart chief executive, Eugene Fitzgerald. This means semiconductor producers in Singapore and around the globe can take up the technology with ease with devices they already possess. Professor Fitzgerald said that the commercially viable production process would make combined silicon chips ready by next year.