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STMicroelectronics and Front Edge Technology to Bring Next-Generation Battery Technology to New Markets
Agreement between the two companies provides ST with access to Front Edge Technology's ultra-thin rechargeable battery technology
This new technology is meant to fill the gap created by conventional energy-storage devices not keeping pace with the demanding size and high-density power requirements of today's cutting-edge electronic devices. The new devices, which are destined for consumer and industrial markets, demand innovative energy-storage and battery technologies. Solid-state thin-film energy cells offer a revolutionary way of storing energy for 'micro-power' devices, such as high-end 'One-Time-Password' smartcards; battery-assisted RFID (Radio-Frequency ID) tags; wireless sensor networks; real-time clock (RTC) back-up batteries; and multiple medical applications, including hearing aids, automatic insulin pumps and wearable health monitoring systems.
A key advantage of the ultra-thin solid-state battery technology is its
physical flexibility, enabling different sizes and shapes of 'bendable'
batteries, as thin as 200 microns, making it ideal for portable and extremely
small form factor devices. Additionally, the battery's solid electrolyte is
Lithium Phosphorus Oxynitride (LiPON), a material originally developed by
FET's solid-state micro-batteries have been shown to offer longer life, short-circuit prevention for greater safety, and a lower environmental burden than existing battery technologies. Other key characteristics of the FET technology include long cycle life, with more than 1,000 cycles at 50% discharge; fast current charge enabling batteries to be charged to 80% of rated capacity within 15 minutes; and high stability, with a low self-discharge of less than 15% per year.
"There is large and growing gap between the increasingly fast pace of the
proliferation and demands of today's leading-edge portable electronic products
and the capabilities of existing energy sources, in performance, operating
life and environmental impact," said
"Over the past ten years FET has developed NanoEnergy(R), the highest
energy density thin-film battery technology in the industry, and three years
ago we began commercially selling NanoEnergy(R) batteries in small volumes,"
ST, which has always been a leader in power technologies, is making
significant investments in new energy technologies and nano-materials to
develop new miniaturized solutions for energy storage and deliver with a
particular emphasis on powering portable electronic products. The R&D group of
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering
semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications.
An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing
strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners
positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and
its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The
Company's shares are traded on the
FET is the developer of the NanoEnergy(R) thin-film battery technology and
is the manufacturer of the SAFECELL(R) line of thin-film batteries which have
the highest energy density and capacity in the industry. FET has amassed a
significant portfolio of patents and know-how related to its NanoEnergy(R)
thin-film battery technology. FET's headquarters and manufacturing facility is