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MTI Micro fuel cell-powered systems to support Intermec apps

Posted: 13 Jan 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:micro fuel cell system? handheld mobile computer? computer peripheral? PDA? methanol micro fuel cell?

Intermec Technologies Corp. has signed a strategic commercial partnership with MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc., a subsidiary of Mechanical Technology Inc., to develop micro fuel cell systems for Intermec rugged handheld mobile computers and peripherals.

As part of the joint development and supply agreement, MTI Micro and Intermec will integrate MTI Micro's proprietary direct methanol micro fuel cell power system into future Intermec mobile computing equipment. Intermec plans to first offer MTI Micro's system with a product targeted for launch in 2004, and then explore additional product opportunities.

A direct methanol micro fuel cell creates power through the chemical reaction of methanol fuel - a common alcohol with a high energy density - in the presence of a catalyst. MTI Micro is developing proprietary integrated micro fuel cell power systems for future use that can be re-powered instantly and allow small computing devices to work away from a power outlet for significantly longer than they can today.

When fully commercialized, direct methanol micro fuel cells are expected to provide an improved power source for future global markets in mobile phones, laptops, digital organizers, convergence devices, and other portable electronics.





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