As Technology Advances, Batteries Don't

Battery technology little changed from 1950s.

Published: 08-Mar-2002

NEW YORK - Batteries, the technology that time forgot, should have disappeared alongside 8-track tapes.

The sealed chemical cocktails we use to power computers, boom boxes and mobile phones are little changed since the 1950s.

For decades, electronics designers have struggled to tailor the latest concoction in silicon chips and integrated circuits to the power limitations of the lowly battery.

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