Meaghan's Minute: Tiny Electrical Switches

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 9:41am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, GE Labs has developed tiny electrical switches thinner than a human hair that can transmit kilowatts of power.

Read: Tiny Switches Could Support Next-Generation Wireless Networks

The DNA of these micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS, is built around industrial applications, having the potential to reduce waste heat and power consumption in medical devices, aviation systems, and other GE products.

GE is also working on miniaturized applications for smartphones and tablets, using the next-generation LTE-Advanced, or True 4G wireless standard, which will allow users to receive data as fast as 3 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than existing 4G networks.

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