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Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply: up to 1600W

Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply: up to 1600W

Ultra Products' latest power supply has arrived, and as you'd expect from a PSU priced upwards of $99.99 it offers a few neat tricks for the money.  The Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply uses an array of ports rather than fixed cables, meaning system builders can use just which cords they choose rather than having to route unwanted connectors out of the way.  The PSU is also 80 Plus Certified, meaning less energy waste and reduced heat output.  It should be quieter, too, thanks to a sizeable 135mm fan and a silicone chassis bracket for reducing vibrations.

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Sony wireless power system runs TV from 80cm away

Sony wireless power system runs TV from 80cm away

With wireless HDMI now offering 1080p without the cable, wall-mounting an HDTV can leave you with just a single connection to worry about hiding: the power cable.  That might change, though, thanks to Sony Japan, who have developed a wireless power system that can beam 60W over a distance of 50cm.  The company's prototype is a 22-inch LCD, but the setup could also be used to wirelessly rejuice a laptop.

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WildCharge WiProwess deal could see cable-free charging in cars, desks, notebooks

WildCharge WiProwess deal could see cable-free charging in cars, desks, notebooks

Whether or not your think wire-free charging is the future of mobile devices, you can't argue with WildCharge's licensing ferocity.  Fresh from their deal with battery heavyweights Duracell comes news that they've signed up WiProwess as a "certified design center".  Now that might not mean much initially, but WiProwess have plans to put the conductive charging system into desks, cars, AC outlets and more.

Sony Lithium-Iron batteries boost power, lifespan; promise quicker charges

Sony Lithium-Iron batteries boost power, lifespan; promise quicker charges

Sony have unveiled a new rechargeable battery which promises rapid charging, high power and extended lifespans.  The new batteries are based on Olivine-type lithium iron phosphate, which enables a high power density of 1,800W/kg together with a lifespan of 2,000 charge/discharge cycles; after that, Sony claim the batteries will still hold 80-percent of their original capacity.

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