Feeds

Carrier to offer fuel-cell mobiles by March 06

Japan's KDDI peers into the future

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Japanese mobile phone network KDDI will next month demo a pair of handsets both powered by fuel cells. They're prototypes, of course, but the carrier hopes to have versions available for its consumers to try by the end of its fiscal year.

The two phones were co-developed with Toshiba and Hitachi The Toshiba handset is a modified A5509T, which has a direct methanol fuel cell built on the back, above a regular internal Lithium-ion battery.

KDDI fuel-cell phones
KDDI's tweaked Toshiba A5509T (left) and Hitachi W32H (right)

The fuel cell's refillable 7cc tank contains enough concentrated methanol - it's in a 99.5 per cent solution - to provide 2.5 times the operational duration of the regular battery, KDDI claimed.

A Hitachi W32H handset has been similarly augmented, though this time the fuel cell is mounted on the display-side of the clamshell handset. Hitachi's fuel-cell system also uses methanol, though the concentration is no more than 60 per cent, and its reservoir can hold only 3cc of the liquid.

Both cells have a 300mW power output.

KDDI will show the phones at CEATEC, which opens in Japan on 4 October, and are to be presented as "fuel-cell handsets of the near future". KDDI's current fiscal year ends 31 March 2006, so the future could be very near indeed. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.