Samsung showcases a fuel cell based battery for portable devices
South Korea based tech giants Samsung have showcased a prototype fuel cell for portable multimedia players (PMP). This is the first product of its kind and the company has developed it in collaboration with its affiliate Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT).
The company claimed that a 1.5-watt player could run up to four hours on the replaceable methanol fuel cell cartridge. They now have plans to commercialize the cell by 2007 or 2008. They have invested heavily in development of such a power source and have been working on it since the last two years.
Samsung is using nano-composite membranes, flexible printed circuit boards for slim devices, and noise-free fuel supply technology to develop these products. They are also now planning to soon introduce another PMP-loadable fuel cell able to run at 10 hours on a single charge.
The company also recently showcased a fuel cell for laptops, which they claimed, would provide a backup of almost 15 hours on a charge.