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08/19/2008   >     Joule-Thief™ Demonstration Kit Product Released

AdaptivEnergy’s Joule-Thief™ energy harvesting module produces the highest output per unit weight AND per unit volume of any energy harvester available today. Built on AdaptivEnergy’s Powered by RLP™ technology platform, this kit demonstrates battery-less wireless transmission using TI’s ultra-low power MSP430 microcontroller. In stock; $699 per kit. View Product Brief

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08/14/2008   >     AdaptivEnergy to Showcase Technology at ISA Expo 2008 (October 14-16)

Dan Shepard brings over 23 years of strategic marketing and business development in early stage growth companies as well as mid-size corporations. Jim Vogeley, CEO, said “Dan’s track record to continually grow a company well into profitability is astounding just by finding the sweet spot for the product offering.”

Dan has worked for companies such as SolmeteX, Inc, Krofta Technologies, Grundle/SLT Environmental, Exceltec International, Baker Hughes/Baker CAC and British Airways.

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6/13/2008   >     AdaptivEnergy Names Dan Shepard as Vice President of Marketing

Dan Shepard brings over 23 years of strategic marketing and business development in early stage growth companies as well as mid-size corporations. Jim Vogeley, CEO, said “Dan’s track record to continually grow a company well into profitability is astounding just by finding the sweet spot for the product offering.”

Dan has worked for companies such as SolmeteX, Inc, Krofta Technologies, Grundle/SLT Environmental, Exceltec International, Baker Hughes/Baker CAC and British Airways.

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6/9/2008   >     Texas Instruments reports, New TI microcontrollers bring breakthroughs in performance, enabling products with longer lasting batteries or no batteries.

DALLAS (June 9, 2008) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced a breakthrough generation of ultra-low power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCU), offering the industry’s lowest power consumption for devices that can provide up to 25 MHz peak performance, increased Flash and RAM memory and integrated peripherals such as radio frequency (RF), USB, encryption and LCD interfaces. With as low as 160 uA/MHz (microamp per megahertz) active power consumption and 1.5 uA in standby, MSP430F5xx MCUs enable longer battery life and the ability to use smaller batteries for portable applications, or no batteries at all for energy harvesting systems that run off of solar power, vibration energy or human body temperature. For more information, please visit: www.ti.com/5xx.

TI customer, Jim Vogeley, CEO, AdaptivEnergy, explains that their product, the Joule-ThiefTM energy harvester, “collects and stores electrical energy from tiny mechanical vibrations and then uses this harvested energy to power a small, low-power MSP430 MCU. The MCU helps enable a compact RF sensor design to implement ambient intelligence that can detect and report critical conditions in factories, automobiles, offices, homes and other environments, all without wiring or batteries.”

Increased memory and integrated peripherals like RF, USB, encryption and LCD interfaces allow designers to add functionally needed to advance fields like personal medical, home automation, human interface control, automated meter reading (AMR), portable instrumentation, sensors, consumer electronics and security. Development tools, collateral, third-party support, training and university programs facilitate ease of use and shorten time to market.

“The conflicting demands of increased performance, functionality and energy efficiency are the biggest challenges facing the industry today,” notes Max Baron, principal analyst, In-Stat. “As designers strive to do more with less, the new MSP430F5xx MCU generation will help reduce the power consumed by existing applications while enabling new designs requiring very low power.”

More than 50 percent more performance for ultra-low power
With more than 50 percent more processing performance and double the Flash and RAM memory of previous 1xx, 2xx or 4xx generations, F5xx devices help systems perform demanding tasks while operating from very limited power sources. Designers can tap into peak execution performance of up to 25 MHz while consuming as low as 160uA/MHz (microamp per megahertz). A wake up time of less than 5 microseconds with full status retention from both standby and sleep modes provides full performance on demand and instant reaction to events like external interrupts. Multi-channel direct memory access (DMA) permits data exchange with peripherals while the core remains in low-power modes. The industry’s highest code density among comparable devices maximizes performance while minimizing memory and power requirements.

A true 32-bit real-time clock (RTC) with an alarm requires just 1.5 uA of standby current, enabling batteries to operate without servicing for 20 years or longer. Extended battery life is critical for customers in the electric, gas and water metering infrastructure industry that save significant time and money by replacing batteries used in their metering systems less frequently. A new, cutting-edge power management module (PMM) offers flexibility to choose the optimum core voltage dynamically for lowest power vs. performance requirements while enabling accurate power on reset and supply voltage supervision with monitoring. A unified clock system (UCS) offers a selection of clocks to achieve the right mix of power and precision, including an option for operation without a crystal.

Integrated peripherals give designers more options
Intelligent, high-performance digital and analog peripherals consume no power when not in operation, and future F5xx devices will include peripherals such as RF, USB, encryption and LCD interfaces. A new high-resolution timer will offer advanced processing capabilities to enable applications like voice-activated home security systems. Up to one megabyte (MB) of linear memory mapping enables robust user interfaces, as well as applications for ZigBee® and other low-power RF sensor networks. F54xx devices offer up to 16 kilobytes of RAM and up to 256 KB Flash, doubling Flash and RAM available on previous MSP430F2xx, F1xx and F4xx devices. The new devices offer read/erase/write capability down to 1.8 V; for applications based on two AAA batteries, Flash write is possible down to the battery end of life voltage of 0.9 V for each battery.

Support, availability and pricing
The MSP430F5xx generation is 100 percent instruction set-compatible with earlier-generation MSP430 devices, making upgrades easy and allowing choices from the entire portfolio for applications. Supporting tools; extensive training, third party and university support; and comprehensive documentation, code examples and libraries help designers get to market quickly. MSP430F5438IPZ devices are sampling now and MSP430F5437IPN, F5436IPZ, F5435IPN, F5419IPZ and F5418IPN will be released in August 2008, with additional F5xx introductions scheduled for the coming months. Package options include both 80- and 100-pin thin quad flatpacks (TQFPs), the latter with additional general-purpose I/Os. Pricing at 1ku quantities is listed in the chart below; additionally, F5418IPN devices will be priced

Pricing Chart

TI enables innovation with broad range of controllers
From ultra-low-power 16-bit MCUs in the MSP430 platform, industry standard 32-bit MCUs and the high performance TMS320C2000TM digital signal controller platform, TI offers the broadest range of embedded control solutions. Designers can accelerate their designs to market by tapping into TI’s complete free software and low cost hardware tools, extensive third-party offerings and technical support. For more information on TI’s controllers, see www.ti.com/mcu.

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4/23/2008   >     AdaptivEnergy continues to prove the reliability of the RLP®

AdaptivEnergy RLP® test bed achieves 1 Billion Cycles!  RLPs® under test still looks like the day they first became RLPs®.

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3/19/2008   >     AdaptivEnergy announces its participation at the Sensors Expo & Conference, June 9-11, 2008 in Rosemont, IL

AdaptivEnergy to debut Joule-Thief™ Energy Harvesting device at Sensors Expo & Conference, June 9-11, 2008 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.

AdaptivEnergy Joule-Thief™ Energy Harvester offers the highest power output per unit weight and volume of any commercially available Energy Harvesting Device (EHD) enabling battery-free applications. Joule-Thief™ Energy Harvester coupled with low powered electronic components and proprietary circuitry provides very high energy collection efficiency. Collection electronics an collect energy over extended time periods to accumulate usable energy from extremely low vibration amplitudes. Joule-Thief™ is ideal for wireless sensing applications. Demonstrations available in Booth 934 AdaptivEnergy’s Joule-Thief™ in action.

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1/30/2008   >     AdaptivEnergy to attend the In-Q-Tel CEO Summit in San Francisco, CA

Jim Vogeley, CEO of AdaptivEnergy will attend the In-Q-Tel portfolios companies technology management symposium.

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12/12/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy Names Richard McKee as Sales Manager

Richard McKee brings 25 years of professional sales experience to AdaptivEnergy. Richard’s vast knowledge of varying technologies and industries presented him to be a perfect match for the position. Richard will establish sales strategies to meet the organizational objectives, sell AdaptivEnergy’s “Powered by RLP™” branded products, and educate the market place on RLP® products, markets and technology.

“Richard is very customer centric and focused on building relationships which is important to a company introducing a break through technology. These situations not only include simple sales but product development opportunities as well, notes Jim Vogeley, CEO.”

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10/3/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy is selected as one of the Virginia Growth Companies for 2008

Richmond, VA – AdaptivEnergy is selected as one of the Virginia Growth Companies for 2008 as selected by the Virginia Capital Conference. To view article, click here.

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9/27/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy proudly announces a new power record using Joule-Thief™ “powered by RLP®.”

September 27, 2007 – AdaptivEnergy proudly announces a new power record using Joule-Thief™ “powered by RLP®.” The smart energy harvesting beam increased the power output to 40mW at 1g through only mechanical movement. Jim Vogeley said, “Joule-Thief™ is now the highest output per unit volume energy harvester in the world! The RLP® is amazing.

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8/29/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy announces the one year anniversary of the LPD-125 Liquid Pump “powered by RLP®” reliability testing.

August 29, 2007 – AdaptivEnergy announces the one year anniversary of the LPD-125 Liquid Pump “powered by RLP®” reliability testing. Five LPD-125 pumps have been operating continuously at 120Hz in harsh fluids for material compatibility. These pumps have demonstrated solid performance and reliability.

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7/16/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy to focus on both Industrial and Energy Harvesting Products

HAMPTON, VA – July 16, 2007.  AdaptivEnergy announces a focus on both industrial and energy harvesting products – including RLP® pumps, fans, actuators and battery free wireless sensors.  The company’s stress biased RLP® technology is exceptionally effective for both converting electrical energy into motion (actuators) and converting motion into electrical energy (energy harvesting).  This week AdaptivEnergy successfully demonstrated the ability to continuously power a microcontroller and 1Hz ZigBee transmission by mounting a single low-profile Smart Energy Beam™ on a ¾ horsepower, 60 Hz motor.

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7/01/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy attained a new benchmark for piezo-based resonant RLP® fans

HAMPTON, VA – July 1, 2007.  AdaptivEnergy announces that its piezo-based resonant RLP® fans have attained a new benchmark for high temperature performance, with long term reliability demonstrated at > 1” peak to peak displacement at 100°C.  The fans run off line voltage or 12V and have stainless steel blades for reliability and enhanced cooling capacity.  The AdaptivEnergy design has been demonstrated to produce over twice the cooling capacity of competing Mylar-blade fans with similar form factors.

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6/20/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy has released its RLP® LPD-125 pump to its FORTUNE 500 manufacturing partner for production.

HAMPTON, VA – June 20, 2007.  AdaptivEnergy announces the licensing of its RLP® LPD-125 pump to its FORTUNE 500 manufacturing and product development partner.

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5/17/2007   >     AdaptivEnergy Announces Strategic Agreement with In-Q-Tel

HAMPTON, Virginia — MAY 15, 2007 – Energy harvesting innovator AdaptivEnergy LLC, announced today that it has entered into a strategic investment and technology advancement agreement with In-Q-Tel, the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the broader Intelligence Community (IC).

“Our partnership with In-Q-Tel underscores the strength of our technology and the novel capabilities we bring to the table to aid national security,” said Mike Rocke, President and CEO of AdaptivEnergy.

AdaptivEnergy’s Joule-Thief™ is an advanced energy harvesting device that can use any movement, from the motion of a person walking, flowing air or water, or even a door opening and closing, to create and store electricity. Powered by RLP® technology, this clean and green device captures vibrational energy and converts it to electrical energy which can be used to power remote sensors or to extend the battery life of handheld mobile electronic products.

“AdaptivEnergy’s technology offers groundbreaking capabilities in energy harvesting,” said Troy M. Pearsall, In-Q-Tel’s Executive Vice President of Technology Transfer. “In-Q-Tel is thrilled with the AdaptivEnergy partnership, and with the promise of further significant developments in alternatives to batteries for a wide variety of commercial and government applications.”

AdaptivEnergy eliminates batteries or extends battery life with its Joule-Thief™ energy harvester and reduces power consumption in devices powered with its RLP® actuators. AdaptivEnergy’s innovative products enable customers to create smaller handheld devices for consumer and medical applications, improve performance in industrial automation, and eliminate batteries from automated and wireless devices. AdaptivEnergy creates electrical energy and mechanical work in an environmentally and space efficient manner.

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5/10/2007   >     FORTUNE 500 company signs a Licensing Agreement with AdaptivEnergy

HAMPTON, V.A. — (BUSINESS WIRE) – May 10, 2007 – AdaptivEnergy LLC has announced the first licensee for their proprietary RLP® (Ruggedized Laminated Piezo) lightweight actuator. The licensee, a FORTUNE 500 company, will also serve as a high volume global manufacturing source for AdaptivEnergy’s captive RLP® customers.

AdaptivEnergy is now well positioned to sign additional licensees to use the RLP® technology internally, as well deliver a catalog of off-the-shelf RLP® actuators to other high volume customers.

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4/24/2007   >     PAR Technologies, LLC announces new CEO and Changes Name to AdaptivEnergy LLC

HAMPTON, V.A. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 24, 2007, PAR Technologies, LLC is now AdaptivEnergy LLC. The change reflects the success of the company’s RLP® (Ruggedized Laminated Piezo) actuator and introduction of new Joule-Thief™ energy harvesting products which eliminate batteries or extend battery life in handheld devices.

AdaptivEnergy is led by the newly appointed CEO, Mike Rocke, who is focusing the team on green and clean technology powered by the company’s core RLP® technology. Mr. Rocke is an industry veteran from Intel and Siemens and holds patents in Hybrid Power Systems and Integrated Fuel Cell Cooling. Prior to AdaptivEnergy, he was running Rocke Capital Ventures, an investment and consulting company, which specializes in alternative energy solutions.

The RLP® is a small, powerful and rugged actuator which is ideal for applications that require mechanical work in a small form factor ranging from portable/wearable battery powered devices to complex analytical instruments. The compact planar form factor of the RLP® makes it ideal for embedding into highly integrated systems that can generate power, or use power to do mechanical work. AdaptivEnergy’s Joule-Thief™ is an advanced energy harvesting device that can use any movement, from the motion of a moving automobile, to a person walking, flowing air or water, or even a door opening and closing to create and store electricity. Powered by RLP® technology, these devices capture vibrational energy and convert it to electrical energy which can be used to power remote sensors and tracking devices or to extend the battery life of handheld mobile electronic products.

AdaptivEnergy’s products are used by tier one companies with applications in portable fuel cells, LED lighting, GPS location, thermal management, medical and life sciences products and portable handheld devices.

AdaptivEnergy (spelled as one word and pronounced as it is read) is based on the adaptability of our RLP® technology which can be used to create electrical energy or mechanical work in an environmentally and space efficient manner.

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