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Top 10 innovative products of 2015

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Internet of Things? IoT? battery? MCU? Knights Landing?

Apart from the series of mergers and acquisitions in the consolidating semiconductor industry, the year 2015 also saw some of the most innovative products in various fields ranging from power/alternative energy to wireless network devices and equipment.

Many companies have introduced products in preparation for the growing Internet of Things, powering machines that communicate with each other. There are also innovations in computing devices, where chips have not only become smaller but faster and more powerful as well.

EE Times Asia has rounded up some of these innovations and come up with the top 10 products that were introduced or developed in 2015.

Aluminium-air battery uses salt water to recharge

Fuji Pigment Co. Ltd has uncloaked a novel type of aluminium-air battery that can be recharged by refilling salty or normal water. The battery has a modified structure that promises longer battery lifetime, the company stated, which is estimated at a minimum of 14 days.

Ryohei Mori invented the aluminium-air battery that uses a modified the aluminium-air battery structure by placing ceramic and carbonaceous materials between aqueous electrolyte and electrodes as an internal layer. Owing to the battery's modified structure, anode corrosion and by-product accumulation were suppressed, which resulted in longer battery lifetime.

The 0.7-0.8V aluminium-air battery, which provides 400-800mA/cell, claims to have a theoretical specific energy level of 8,100Wh/kg and has the second largest capacity among various types of potential secondary batteries. Theoretical specific energy of a commercialised lithium-ion battery is 120-200Wh/kg, which means that the aluminium-air battery possesses theoretical capacity more than 40 times as large as that of a lithium-ion battery.

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