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  • justfine790 justfine790 Mar 31, 2013 2:24 PM Flag

    Intel Foundries MEMS for Fuel Cell Start-up Nectar

    Intel Foundries MEMS for Fuel Cell Start-up Nectar
    Posted on January 31, 2013 by #$%$ James

    In the last couple of years there have been announcements that Intel will be acting as a foundry for FPGA company Achronix, PLD maker Tabula and programmable network processor provider Netronome, as well as much speculation about making chips for Apple.

    All these reports refer to using Intel’s leading-edge 22-nm tri-gate process. However, at CES a couple of weeks ago, my eye was caught by a 200-mm wafer on display at the booth of a little company called Nectar, who were pitching their fuel-cell based USB charging system. They claim that the charger can top up an iPhone battery at least ten times before the fuel pod has to be changed. The whole device can be held in one hand:

    The cell uses butane fuel in a silicon-based power cell, and by the look of the image below the cells are ~22 mm square.

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