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Micro fuel cell platform doubles cellphone talk time

Posted: 15 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:micro fuel cell? cellphone talk time? multimedia phones?

Angstrom Power, a Canadian developer of micro fuel cells, introduced a new platform for efficiently powering mobile devices at last week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Called Micro Hydrogen, the platform is a combination of fuel cell architecture, micro-fluidics and a refillable hydrogen storage tank. It could be implemented inside mobile devices instead of Li-ion batteries, offering twice the talk time and fast recharge times of about 10mins, according to Angstrom Power.

Angstrom said it has trailed the Micro Hydrogen platform for six months on Motorola's Moto Slvr L7 phones, which didn't need to be modified in design. The test phones relied solely on Angstrom's technology to draw power.

"Motorola is working with Angstrom to develop fuel cell technology that will support the increasing energy demands of next-generation devices," said Jerry Hallmark, manager of energy system technologies at Motorola's mobile devices business unit, in a statement.

Short battery life is among the shortcomings of currently available mobile devices. Running applications on devices is a major battery drain, especially when it comes to multimedia. Research conducted by various firms shows that power hungry-devices is one of the top frustrations of mobile users and a major reason for not purchasing a multimedia device.

J.D. Power and Associates recently surveyed mobile users to find out how satisfied they are with their mobile phones based on physical design, operating system, features, durability and battery life.

Sony Ericsson ranked the highest in overall customer satisfaction with a score of 741 on a 1,000-point scale. Customers were particularly pleased with the features and battery life offered on Sony Ericsson phones. Samsung got the second-highest score of 728, followed by Motorola with 726 points. Nokia, LG Electronics and Sanyo, among other phone makers, scored below the industry average of 723, which shows there's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to designing future mobile phones.

In addition to Motorola, Angstrom is working with battery manufacturers, mobile electronic device makers and wireless service providers to commercialize Micro Hydrogen.

- Elena Malykhina

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