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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 designs.

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.

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RE: OK...
By Hawkido on 12/28/2006 1:52:41 PM , Rating: 5
You point is valid for your lifestyle. Too bad the world isn't full of carbon copies of yourself. Then we all could just sit in our air conditioned offices/homes and use our laptops.

However let's look at the other 6 billion people in the world. OLPC for instance... this would be lots better than pulling a cord. How about the military personel running black ops in the field for weeks at a time? What about the construction contractor surveying at new site with no facilities for recharging. Hey all of these are great examples of people not like you. People like this need this technology. Don't think that every product needs to be applicable to 100% of the market, else I will ask you to demonstrate on yourself the proper use of a tampon on the male anatomy. That product only has less than 35% target market.

If it was the label "docking station" that is causing you difficulties, concider this: It is merely called a docking station moreso because of it's looks and the way it attaches to the computer, rather than because of the features it adds to the laptop.

RE: OK...
By TommyBoyz8 on 12/28/2006 4:08:50 PM , Rating: 3
Funny you should mention a Tampon has only 35% (aprox) target market. But are you saying that all of that 35% is women during a menstrual cycle? Don't forget that the military can use tampons. Our president has made war and those excessive gunshot wounds don't cover themselves up. A Tampon can be used to suck up excess bloos loss while expanding to close the gap from more bleeding. There are other uses as well. But thought is funny to bring that up.

RE: OK...
By Lazarus Dark on 12/28/2006 5:48:55 PM , Rating: 2

RE: OK...
By TTowntom2 on 1/4/2007 2:40:54 PM , Rating: 2
I coulda done without that post.

RE: OK...
By rykerabel on 1/8/2007 3:11:45 PM , Rating: 2
um, what is gross about a moisture absorbing lifesaving bundle of fiber that just happens to have a "more common" use?

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