November 12, 2008

Maxwell Technologies Introduces New BOOSTCAP(R) Ultracapacitor Energy Storage Products for Industrial and Consumer Electronics Applications

MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Maxwell Technologies Inc. today unveiled a new family of BOOSTCAP(R) ultracapacitor products specifically designed to meet the power and energy requirements of industrial and consumer electronics applications at Electronica Munich 2008 (, hall B6, booth number 131.

Michael Liedtke, Maxwell's vice president for sales marketing and business development, said that the new HC family of products includes compact, cost-effective, 25-, 50- 150-farad cells, all rated at 2.7 volts. Key features and benefits include:

   -- Reliable performance for 500,000 or more charge/discharge cycles   -- Zero maintenance over estimated 10-year operating lifetime   -- Broad operational temperature range (-40 to +65C)   -- High power and energy density in low-volume, lightweight package   -- Two-pin radial design for easy mounting   -- Resistant to reverse polarity   -- Scalable to higher voltages via multi-cell configurations    
"System designers are recognizing that ultracapacitors enhance energy efficiency and functionality and provide 'life of the application' durability for virtually any electronic device or system," said Liedtke. "The HC product family responds to growing demand by delivering Maxwell's industry-leading technology in new form factors that are suitable for a broader range of electronic applications."

Typical applications benefiting from ultracapacitor cells in the 25-to-150-farad range include:

   -- Robotics and factory automation   -- Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems for industrial and      telecommunications installations   -- Renewable energy systems, including solar and wind energy generation      systems   -- Cordless power tools   -- Consumer electronics    

BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor products deliver up to 10 times the power and longevity of batteries, require no maintenance and operate reliably in extreme temperatures. In transportation applications, they efficiently recapture energy from braking for reuse in hybrid and all-electric drive trains, reducing energy consumption and emissions. They also provide compact, lightweight, "life-of-the-vehicle" solutions to stabilize automotive power networks and power new, all-electric subsystems, such as drive-by-wire steering. In mission-critical industrial applications, where backup power ensures continued operation or a soft shutdown in the event of power interruptions, they provide reliable, cost-effective, maintenance-free energy storage. In wind turbine blade pitch and braking systems and other industrial applications, they provide a simple, solid state, highly reliable solution to buffer short-term mismatches between the power available and the power required. For complete data sheets on HC products and other BOOSTCAP product families, please visit:

Maxwell is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our BOOSTCAP(R) ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS(R) high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Our radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications.

Maxwell Technologies Inc.

CONTACT: Michael Sund of Maxwell Technologies Inc., +1-858-503-3233,[email protected]

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