Stanford Pumps Li-Ion Batteries Up 10x

"Nanotechnology has made it possible to create Li-ion batteries with a charge life of 20 hours"

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Stanford Pumps Li-Ion Batteries Up 10x
Researchers at Stanford University have made a major breakthrough in lithium ion (or Li-ion) battery technology.  Utilizing silicon nanowires, a research group headed by assistant Professor Yi Cui has increased the amount of power generated by Li-ion batteries ten fold.  Thus, a laptop battery that would normally run for 2 hours could run for 20 hours!  These new batteries have been dubbed "High-performance lithium battery anodes using silicon nanowires."
This huge increase in power gives Li-ion batteries huge potential for other uses, such as electric cars as well as storage for solar power at home or the office.
Silicon expands as it absorbs energy, and thus previous designs caused it to break and weaken battery performance.  The trick in Stanford's batteries lies in nanotechnology.  Nanowires are in such a shape that when they expand from absorbing the energy, they still maintain their structural integrity.
 "It's not a small improvement," Cui said. "It's a revolutionary development."
Fancy having a laptop with a battery lifetime of 20 hours?
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18-12-2007, 06:56:17

Anyone got a list of game support for the japanese card?

18-12-2007, 06:57:06

They bring this to the market at this price asnd PhysX might just take off

18-12-2007, 08:06:44

Price we pay for sheet in the Uk is pretty outrageous. Is europe just as bad ?

I dunno, I payed less than £60 for my bfg, but that was cos I got it whilst in the states. If I had to buy in the UK, I`d certainly thought 2ce about it.

It`s not a highly required piece of kit, but it`s `nice` to have and these people, especially Aegia, should be looking to get more and more of them in the homes. I can`t personally see the expense, cept that it`s `specialist` in it`s build. Components aren`t an issue, and if these people can produce one cheaply, the licensing can`t be that bad. Base it on sales or something.

Before u know it, the likes of AMD/ATI will look to incorporate them into their gfxcards.

Need pcie too, pci slots are getting fewer on newer boards.

Price down = good.

18-12-2007, 08:30:15


They bring this to the market at this price asnd PhysX might just take off

From the very start I have sorta liked the idea.. until I saw the price.
At that price I can finally see some chip being sold. :)

18-12-2007, 13:28:18

i would consider one if its under £50.

18-12-2007, 13:39:18

PP Mguire
Id consider it if it wasnt rubbish. I wouldnt mind if somebody gave me one possibly. But i was given an X-FI and sold it lol.

18-12-2007, 16:11:28

Depends how theya re going 2 use it. If it can be used on the games instead of ageia cards like UT3 and others then it amy be worth it for a nice boost in some image quality.

Im still waiting for them 2 make it just help out generally...

18-12-2007, 16:45:12

ageia may be a attempting to increase its user base with price reductions to help promote its next gen card?

google 'Ageia Tests Next-Generation PhysX Accelerators' and see what happens:yumyum:

18-12-2007, 17:28:05

I would buy one if more games were supported the price was around £50.

18-12-2007, 22:31:12

Well I bought an ELSA Phynite100 a while ago and it was for close to 30000JPY. The ELSA Phynite100 is not a new card, it is one of the first PhysX card released on the market.

The ad displayed here is for a limited number of cards available at the shop... I suppose the card is not selling and they try to get rid of them very cheap.
If I have time I will try to go in Akihabara and check other shops to see if it is a general price drop from ELSA or if it is as I suppose just a specific sale like there is a lot in electronic shops here.

And just FYI, the Phynite100 is compatible with all PhysX games on the market no restriction.

It works great in UT3 with the PhysX package frm Aegia.

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