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[for James WattWatt, James,
1736–1819, Scottish inventor. While working at the Univ. of Glasgow as an instrument maker, Watt was asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen's steam engine.
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], abbr. W, unit of power, or work done per unit time, equal to 1 joule per second. It is used as a measure of electrical and mechanical power. One watt is the amount of power that is delivered to a component of an electric circuit when a current of 1 ampere flows through the component and a voltage of 1 volt exists across it. The derivative units are kilowatt (1,000 W; kW) and megawatt (1,000,000 W; MW), used in electric power systems, and milliwatt (0.001 W; mW) and microwatt (0.000001 W; μW), used in electronics.
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watt

(wot) Symbol: W. The SI unit of power, defined as the power resulting from the dissipation of one joule of energy in one second.
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watt

[wät]
(physics)
The unit of power in the meter-kilogram-second system of units, equal to 1 joule per second. Symbolized W.
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watt

A unit of power; the power required to do work at the rate of 1 joule per second, which is equal to the power dissipated in an electric circuit in which a potential difference of 1 volt causes a current of 1 ampere to flow.
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watt

the derived SI unit of power, equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a potential difference of 1 volt. 1 watt is equivalent to 1.341 × 10--3 horsepower.

Watt

James. 1736--1819, Scottish engineer and inventor. His fundamental improvements to the steam engine led to the widespread use of steam power in industry
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watt

The standard unit of measurement of electrical power. One watt is one ampere of current flowing at one volt. Watts are typically rated as AMPS x VOLTS or VOLT-AMP (V-A). However, this rating is only equivalent to watts when it applies to devices that absorb all the energy, such as electric heating coils or incandescent light bulbs. With computer power supplies, the actual watt rating is only 60% to 70% of the VOLT-AMP rating.
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Foster said NanoWatt's patented Sleep Convention Logic architecture drastically reduces power consumption in digital circuitry while maintaining speed.
Also the power dissipation is reduced from microwatts to nanowatts.
When bonded to a piezoelectric material, which generates electricity when stressed, the film could put out 5.6 nanowatts, which if stored in a capacitor, would be enough to run a low-power microelectro-mechanical device.
This system can generate an average power of 5.6 nanowatts, which can be stored in capacitors to power ultra-low-power microelectronic devices, such as temperature and humidity sensors.
The technology is very light on energy consumption, using just 30 nanowatts of power and retaining data for one microsecond.
The circuits used discrete transistors but consumed only nanowatts of power, six orders of magnitude less than their bipolar counterparts.
Si bien en los circuitos digitales tipicos un transistor disipa una potencia muy pequena, del orden de los nanoWatts, con los circuitos integrados requeridos por la industria moderna, cada vez mas rapidos, de menor tamano y alta escala de integracion, la potencia de disipacion crece extraordinariamente; es el caso por ejemplo, del PENTIUM-4[TM] que tiene en una area aproximada de 16 x [10.sub.-4][m.sub.2] mas de 55 millones de transistores y una disipacion de potencia del orden de 65 Watts con una temperatura de encapsulado de 65 [grados]C.
By remaining in sleep mode most of the time, the chip sips power, averaging 5.3 nanowatts every time it turns on.
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* Power consumption that is less than 560 nanowatts.