Notebook battery standard in offing

The IEEE Standards Association is prioritising work to agree a standard, following the much-publicised recall of millions of Sony-manufactured lithium-ion batteries this year.

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association is prioritising work to agree a standard, following the much-publicised recall of millions of Sony-manufactured lithium-ion batteries this year.

A revised standard for the design, manufacture and testing of lithium-ion batteries for notebooks and other mobile computing devices has been fast-tracked, and is now expected within 12 months.

Sony is taking the lead to prevent such incidents occurring again. Jean Baronas, director of the Technology Standards Office at Sony Electronics, and Bill Kabele, director of Power Engineering at Dell, were elected to co-chair the Portable Computer Battery Working Group at its first meeting last month.

The group is revising the existing IEEE 1625(TM), 'IEEE Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Portable Computing'.

The group has agreed an accelerated schedule for its efforts and now plans to complete work on the standard within 12 months.

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