Fuel cell-based notebooks are nothing new to frequent
readers of DailyTech. In early June,
we reported on Toshiba's early efforts with a fuel cell notebook dock
that was able to power a Portege notebook for 10 hours. In October, the company
showed off an updated
version of its fuel cell dock -- this time with a smaller fuel cell stack
that was confined within the footprint of the host notebook.
Samsung is taking fuel cell technology for notebooks to the
next level by showcasing a new DMFC (Direct Methanol Fuel Cell) dock that can
power a Q35 ultraportable notebook for 8 hours a day for a full month.
According to Samsung
press release, the fuel cell has an energy density of 650Wh/L and total
energy storage of 1,200Wh.
Samsung has also made many improvements to its fuel cell system
that reduces noise levels. The new systems has noise levels comparable to
current notebook computers which gives Samsung an edge over competing fuel cell
Fuel cell technology has come a long way during the past
year. Just last month SAIT and Samsung SDI showed off a prototype fuel cell
battery charger that weighs just 5.3 ounces. Likewise, Nokia envisions that
fuel cell-powered mobile phones are just a few years away.