Fancy sixty hours of music playback from your MP3 device? Well Toshiba reckons those days might not be too far away for it has developed two prototype direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) units which have been tested with personal audio players.
The results are amazing with the 100mW unit which is apparently similar in shape and size to a pack of gum, powering a flash-based player for approximately 35 hours on a single 3.5ml charge of highly concentrated methanol. Meanwhile the 300mW unit, which is slightly larger at W60mm x L75mm x D10mm delivers enough power to keep an HDD-based audio player running for approximately 60 hours on a single 10ml charge.
Tosh now hopes to take DMFC units into production with first landing on personal music players in 2007.