Motorola investing in Fuel Cell tech for small devices

It looks like Motorola is investing in a company that develops fuel cell technology for small devices.

According to the article the cells provide…

in the power range of milliwatts to 50 watts and energy range of 10 to 100 watt-hours. Several products and markets fall within these power and energy levels including: industrial handheld computers, satellite communication devices, notebook PCs, and other mobile products.

Power sourcing for small electronics is one of the MAIN design constraints these days. One of the benefits has been that engineers have become very energy hawkish in the design of small battery powered electronics because there have been two sides to the equation (always are), power and consumption. The engineers can address consumption to a point and power has been a limiting factor. I hope as new power technologies are developed that the engineers don’t become jaded and waste what’s been learned in optimizing for consumption.

Something like that happened in software design. There was a time when every bit of memory was very valuable, software engineers had to be careful in their design to get the leanest program possible to achieve their goals. Now with both physical RAM and storage space so plentiful it’s hard to find programs that are as lean as possible to achieve their goals. Instead we have programs which install hundreds of MB’s of data to replace products that did a similar job in hundreds of KB’s of data.

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • Is bestbuy really the bestbuy? There's an interesting writeup about bestbuy that essentially says they have 2 web sites, one is the public facing website, the other is an internal web site. No big surprise there I suppose, internet/intranet... the catch is the prices on the internal site don't necessarily match the external site. They......
  • Power breakthrough for mobile devices? I've seen a reference to UltraCell which has announced a new product which is essentially a small portable fuel cell capable of providing 25 Watts of power using hot-swappable methanol canisters. It looks as though they've got a military joint project for the development of portable power systems. From reading......
  • Linksys BEFW11S4 ver. 4 wireless router locking up (default password and hard reset info too) Not long ago a customer offered me a slightly used Linksys BEFW11S4 ver. 4 wireless router for free. He had replaced it with an 802.11g router (this is only a b) shortly after purchase and said if I knew anyone that wanted it I could have it. Well, it's hard......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • How Energy Efficient Are Your Appliances? Given the world concern over energy efficiency, there are little steps that you can take to ensure that you are doing your part to minimize your energy use. The biggest source of energy drains in the home are your appliances, so it will improve things a lot to make sure......
  • Review of the Toyota Prius As with many of the vehicles released by Toyota, the Prius has truly become the bearer of standards within its segment. While many automakers still have not developed a green hybrid electric car, Toyota is already working on its second generation version of the Prius. This unique four door hybrid......
  • Some Of The Flaws With Web Design That Could Harm SEO If you plan for your website to succeed, then you will need to make an effort to ensure that you get the most from search engine optimisation. The aim is to get your website noticed in the results pages of the search engines and you need to make every part......    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts

See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.

Switch to our mobile site