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Limerick scientists discover solution to short battery life on smartphones

The commercial potential of the breakthrough is now being examined.

Image: Hugh O'Connell

A GROUP OF Limerick scientists have developed technology which could solve the problem of short battery life on smartphones.

A research group at the University of Limerick has identified the new technology as part of Microelectronics Week which has just concluded having aimed to shine a light on the economic and employment potential of the microelectronics industry in Ireland.

The Digital to Analog Converter or DAC developed by the scientists would facilitate ‘best-in-class’ reception in smartphones such as the Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android software and would allow battery lifetime to be increased significantly.

The DAC is a key component of all smartphones and is required to convert digital information – used to process phone data – into real-world analogue signals for wireless data transmission which can drain battery life considerably.

Following this latest development, the commercial potential of the technology is now being assessed by two Irish-based companies.

Speaking yesterday the chairman of Microelectronics Industry Design Association (MIDAS) which organised the event, John Blake, said: “Today’s announcement is a great endorsement for the high calibre research being undertaken in Ireland in the microelectronics sector.

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“This week has been focused on generating awareness of the sector in Ireland. The microelectronics sector is uniquely positioned to support Ireland’s economic recovery efforts.”

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