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New standard for safer batteries

Laptop vendors unite after Sony fiasco

A group of laptop vendors and battery manufacturers plans to announce a standard for making safer lithium-ion batteries by June next year, in an attempt to recover from a massive series of battery recalls in recent months.

The new standard will cover "process requirements, quality control and assurance" for all forms of rechargeable lithium ion battery cells, from prismatic to cyllindrical and pouch, according to the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, known as IPC.

Lenovo executive Anthony Corkell has been named as chairman of the IPC Lithium Ion Battery Subcommittee.

The group did not list specific changes it was requiring, and Corkell did not respond to requests for comment. But lithium-ion technology is already well-established, so the new standard will probably focus on process controls and quality assurance, said IPC spokeswoman Kimberly Sterling.


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