According to Westborough, Ma., startup Boston-Power Inc., notebook PCs shipping in the second half of this year will feature a new generation of lithium-ion batteries: The Sonata battery promises to last for a laptop's lifespan, instead of dwindling with repeated charge/discharge cycles to the point where frequent travelers find themselves buying annual replacements.
Boston-Power also says Sonata will recharge twice as quickly as today's power cells -- restoring a battery to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. A drop-in replacement technology that requires no design changes on the part of notebook manufacturers, the new battery includes safety features designed to prevent last year's infamous incidents of spontaneous laptop combustion. These include slower chemical kinetics, new current interrupt devices and thermal fuses, and a safer pack configuration with unique pressure relief vents. While it hasn't announced OEM deals with notebook vendors yet, the company states that it is working closely with HP in the testing and validation process of the new power packs.
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