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Boston-Power has announced it will be offering a new product line meant for notebook PCs that will feature numerous performance and security enhancements

This article was first published on HWUpgrade.com.

Boston-Power, Inc. will soon be offering a next-generation notebook lithium-ion battery line that will feature the world’s fastest recharge time along with matching the lifespan of regular notebook PCs. The new battery, dubbed Sonata, Boston-Power was developed closely with HP in testing and validation.

“As the world’s number one supplier of notebook computers, HP is deeply committed to capitalizing on innovations in portable power,” said HP Distinguished Technologist Dr. John Wozniak. “We believe that lithium-ion is the best solution to power notebook computers for the foreseeable future. HP welcomes opportunities to incorporate advancements in this area into our products to the benefit of our customers.”

The Sonata product line will be a drop-in technology companies will be able to use with existing notebook computers. No design changes will be required on the part of the notebook computer OEM. The new battery will feature enhanced safety features, a longer lifespan, and a faster recharge time.

Its safety features include “slower chemical kinetics, novel current interrupt devices, new thermal fuses, unique pressure relief vents and safer pack configuration.” Safety is a large focus of Boston-Power, as they believe that they are “answering the call for safer, longer lasting lithium-ion batteries.”

Geared towards on-the-go notebook computer users, Sonata provides the industry’s fastest recharge time. Recharging the battery to 80% capacity will take just 30 minutes, about half the time of most other battery solutions. In addition, Boston-Power has also addressed the problem of battery lifespan. Sonata has been designed to match the lifespan of notebook PCs, meaning no more replacement batteries.

The fist public unveiling of Sonata will take place this Thursday at DEMO 2007. The first notebook computers that use Sonata batteries are expected to begin shipping this summer.




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