One of the things that is most bothersome and bulky when you travel with a notebook is the massive power brick that most machines require. The power brick is also the part that tends to get knocked off a desk, dragging the notebook along with it at times. A company called Transphorm has announced it has tech that could eliminate the bulky power brick from notebooks of today.
The technology developed has been done so with great secrecy and Transphorm has raised $38 million in venture capital so far to develop its tech. The tech Transphorm is using is based on gallium nitride, a semiconductor that wastes less power than silicon components used in conventional devices.
Less wasted power means that the electronics can be smaller and will generate less heat as well. The company sees the potential to eliminate the power brick by putting all of the parts needed to generate power for the notebook inside the machine itself.
This tech could really have a significant impact on the mobility world. With a smaller power brick, the computer will be more portable and if the power supply is more efficient and can be made smaller the notebook will need less power to operate. That would equate to longer battery life and less power consumed from the outlet.
The company says that one of the first markets it will target will be the data center. A small savings in power consumption for the data center can work out to millions of dollars in annual savings. Companies that run large data centers are willing to spend significantly on technology to save power since that savings will mean that the company sees significant ongoing savings on utility bills. Less heat produced by the tech also means that the company will need to spend less on cooling in addition to spending less to actually run the data center servers.