The Upside of Moore’s Law Breaking

While many people are bemoaning the breakage of Moore’s Law — CPUs are no longer doubling performance every eighteen months — there is an upside. Improvements in batter technology — energy density in lithium ion has increased by 20-30% since 2004 — are finally going straight to battery life, rather than being soaked up by power-hungry higher-clockcycle CPUs.

The upshot: A typical laptop battery can now provide 4-5 hours of life, up from 3 hours in 2004.


  1. That’s excellent news about improvements in batter technology. I mean the state of pancakes has gone no where in the last 50 years. The Chinese are going to be light years ahead before we know it.

  2. Maybe software bloat will start to slow down too? HA HA! Right.