On Monday, September 23, I attended K-Global 2019 @ Silicon Valley, which showcases Korea’s information and communications technology (ICT) and software (SW) technologies. The theme of this year’s conference was “Future is on 5G,” which was a primary reason I attended. At Enovix, we’ve been investigating how the evolution from 4G to 5G will affect battery performance in mobile devices with cellular connections. For example, we know that the Sub-6



Benchmark Mineral Intelligence provides advisory services for lithium-ion battery, electric vehicle and energy storage supply chains. The electric vehicle and battery cell supply chain is its sole focus and specialty. It also publishes an informative well-written quarterly review. The Q2 2019 issue features an article titled “Silicon’s Rally,” by Paul Harris. The introduction reads, “Battery anode materials are made predominantly from natural graphite or synthetic graphite. But battery technology rarely



The 2019 edition of The Battery Show is underway this week in Novi, Michigan. On Tuesday, September 10, Michael Sanders, Avicenne Energy Senior Advisor, will moderate a panel discussion, “Is Innovation Valued in the Fast Growing xEV Battery Market?“ Enovix Chief Operating Officer, Cameron (Cam) Dales, will join fellow panelists Subhash Dhar, American Battery Solutions, Inc. Chariman & CEO, and Tal Skolklapper, Voltaiq CEO, to share their views on the



Ashok Lahiri, Enovix co-founder and CTO, authored an article, “A New and Innovative 3D Architecture for Lithium Batteries”, that appears in the latest issue of Applied Wireless Technology (you can read the complete article beginning on page 12 of the issue). Following is an excerpt from the article, and I’ll post a few more over the coming weeks. A modern compact, mobile device, such as the smartphone shown below, is only



Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog post titled THE APPLE WATCH: A Roadblock to Its Future. It referenced an article from Bloomberg Technology that began, “Apple Inc. has hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone.” The article concluded that, “The source of the delay is that current cellular chips consume too much



I’ve written several posts over the past two months about the Galaxy Note 7 battery fires that led Samsung to remove it from the market. In my prior post, I reported, from a Wall Street Journal article, that “investors have shaved off roughly $20 billion in Samsung’s market value. The company has said the recall would cost it $5 billion or more, including lost sales.” The big question now is



It’s been a rough month for Li-ion smartphone batteries. I’ve chronicled the unfortunate events Samsung has experienced with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in prior posts: Samsung is Just the Latest and The Cost of Battery Failure. The October 24 issue of The Wall Street Journal provides the latest update in its article, “The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Samsung’s Galaxy Note.” Fear: Samsung Incident Triggers a Wide-Ranging Inquiry into Li-ion



I’m going to deviate from the series I began with my last post to address the timely topic of battery safety. I’ll return to why it’s taking so long to build a better battery next week. Last week Consumer Reports published an online article about Samsung Note 7 smartphones catching fire while charging. Over the Labor Day weekend, major media, including The Wall Street Journal, reported that “Samsung Electronics is



In June, I posted a series of three perspectives on the future of the smartwatch. While each has a slightly different viewpoint, they all agree that the smartwatch has to untether from the smartphone to fully realize its potential and accelerate market adoption. The second post in the series, A GREAT LEAP FORWARD: Don’t Leave Home Without It, focused on the future of the Apple Watch. It noted that the



The previous post, LI-ION BATTERY MARKET: 2015 – 2025 Projections, included a graph from the Avicenne Energy report, “The Worldwide Rechargeable Battery Market.” The graph showed that Li-ion battery use for portable devices is expected to double between 2015 and 2025. An important factor will be the growth of wearable devices. IDTechEx is an analyst and consulting firm that conducts detailed examinations of emerging technologies based on extensive primary research.