LAKE WALES, Fla. — Batteries could be transformed from our slowest growing technology to our fastest growing advanced technology if Ilika Technologies Ltd. (University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton U.K.) can realize its dream of self-powered systems-on-chip (SoCs).
By eliminating the liquid cores of every other battery technology under the sun — especially the flammable lithium ion (Li-ion) — into the solid-state micron-thin-layers of an SoC, each chip in an electronic circuit could become self-powered, simplifying printed circuit boards and eliminating the big-iron power supplies required today.
Ilika's solid-state batteries now come in the full range of temperatures (from -40 degrees Celsius up to +150 C.), making them accessible to automotive, industrial IoT and other rugged environments.
ARM and Ilika have teamed to build self-powered system-on-chip beacons which are half way between a wearable and an industrial IoT in order to accurately monitor livestock.
“Our solid-state batteries can now be adapted to all sizes and operating environments,” Graeme Purdy, Ilika CEO, told EE Times in advance of the company's extended temperature range announcement. “ For instance, Toyota — one of our earliest partners — has funded our solid-state battery development efforts for eight years and came up with series of solutions they are now scaling up to produce big batteries for electric automobiles. But they have also screened our materials and helped scale them down to chip size. By 2025, we predict they be in production.”
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