Most anticipated tech products of 2013
We’re not sure some of them are even on the drawing board, but they’d be great to see
By Tim Greene | Network World US | Published: 16:33, 20 December 12
As the old year winds down a sense of hope arises that the hints and inklings of new products and services that have been leaking out over the past months may actually materialise in the New Year. Some of them are products that vendors have solidly promised and assigned release dates to, some are part of vaguely marked road maps and some are simply pipedreams fuelled by persistent rumours. Others are services or intriguing situations that could arise. Regardless, here are some of the ones that have caught our eye and that we hope turn out to be as eye catching in reality.
Eta Devices power amplifiers
Doubling battery life for smartphones could be just a power-amplifier chip away. Eta Devices, run by two MIT professors, is expected to commercialise its energy saving technology in 2013, halving the energy phones eat up when transmitting data. It calls the technology asymmetric multilevel outphasing, which keeps standby power as low as possible and thereby extends battery life. Power amplifier chips are needed for each wireless technology a phone supports (in colour boxes in the photo), and Eta Devices plans to support CDMA, GSM, and 4G/LTE in both phones as well as the cellular ground stations they communicate with.