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Hitachi is the latest to recall Sony batteries

Hitachi has decided to join Sony's Global Replacement Program despite the fact that there have been no reports of battery fires with its notebooks. The company announced today that it plans to recall 16,000 batteries used in Japanese market Flora 210W and Flora SE210 notebooks.

Hitachi recalled the batteries as a precaution so that its customers could have the peace of mind that its laptops weren't in any risk of danger. By recalling the batteries early, Hitachi can get financial and logistical help from Sony on replacing the batteries and the company can hopefully stave off any potential fires by getting replacements in a timely fashion.

So far we've seen a total of over 7.5 million Sony batteries recalled with Dell leading the pack at 4.2 million units. That being said, we can't help but wonder if Hewlett Packard will eventually cave in and place its batteries on the recall list. A recall from HP could easily push the total to over 10 million units.

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Lets look for alternatives......
By crystal clear on 10/6/2006 9:16:36 AM , Rating: 3
Here comes the alternative
By crystal clear on 10/5/06, Rating: 2
By crystal clear on 10/5/2006 5:48:22 AM , Rating: 2

CAMARILLO, CA, Sept. 29, 2006 – Zinc Matrix Power, developer of new, rechargeable battery technology based on silver, zinc and water, has won Intel’s “Technology Innovation Accelerated” (TIA) Award in the Mobility category, presented during the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2006 Conference, held September 26 – 28, 2006 in San Francisco. Zinc Matrix Power won the award based upon its demonstration at IDF of a notebook computer using its new silver-zinc rechargeable battery technology. The Intel TIA Awards recognize the most significant technological innovation presented during IDF, categorized in six areas: mobility, digital home, digital office, storage, data center, and technology and research. Judges from the press and industry analysts select the winners.

Zinc Matrix Power’s technology contains no lithium or flammable liquids and is free from the problems of thermal runaway, fire and danger of explosion. The batteries are also free from the regulations that limit the size of lithium-containing batteries on airplanes. In addition to the intrinsic safety offered by the ZMP cells, a notebook PC battery pack using ZMP cells can be expected to provide longer run-time than equivalent Li-ion based battery packs. The combination of longer run-time, safety, and an unrestricted pack capacity (not restricted by Li-ion battery regulations for in-flight use) make Zinc Matrix Power battery cells an attractive proposition for notebook PC OEMs.

Unquote-DT should come up with articles of alternative forms/types of batteries .The above is just an example.

The situation now is FUD-Fear,Uncertainity,Doubts.

RE: Lets look for alternatives......
By Brandon Hill on 10/6/2006 9:18:01 AM , Rating: 2
Watch the site in the next 30 minutes ;)

By crystal clear on 10/6/2006 9:25:50 AM , Rating: 2


You could be the first website to approach the subject from
a unique point of view.

RE: Lets look for alternatives......
By Etsp on 10/6/2006 9:41:52 AM , Rating: 2
Those Zinc, Silver and water batteries, how much are they supposed to cost when mass produced? I dont think that has been mentioned anywhere. So while it may seem to be a viable solution it may cost 3x the price or more of an equivilent Li-Ion battery.

By crystal clear on 10/6/2006 10:19:15 AM , Rating: 2
Having raised more than $35 million in funding, Zinc Matrix Power's investors include Power Ventures, a large private equity group, IntelTM Capital and OnPointTM Technologies, a strategic private equity firm funded by the United States Army. Tyco Electronics, part of Tyco International, is the company's global manufacturing partner. Zinc Matrix Power batteries will be available to device manufacturers for evaluation and testing in early 2007.

The prices will ofcourse be affordable & to add to this,
the quantities manufactured will be in the millions-so the prices shoot downwards.

By Gentleman on 10/6/2006 3:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
The ZMP had me think of the ZPM in Stargate TV show.

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